DS is 12mths old and until recently I didn't think there was anything unusual about his boys bits. It was only when I changed his younger cousins nappy that I was able to tell a huge difference in their testicles.
I raised this with the HV today and after an examination she said she could see what I meant and that she could just about feel one testicle.
She said that I should make an appointment with the GP as they need to be seen before the age of 2yrs otherwise it could affect his fertility if they remain undescended after that.
I'm naturally really worried and annoyed too that it wasn't picked up before. If I hadn't had the opportunity to see my nephews testes then would my poor son have gone undiagnosed with this condition?
What will happen next? What are the chances of this affecting him badly? Is it something that corrects itself eventually?
Thanks for the reply Spongebrain- we went to see the GP this morning and thankfully it turns out he just has 'retractable' testes. A huge sigh of relief as I was not looking forward to what was to come if it turned out he had the other.
my eldest ds had "high riding" testicle and had it fixed into place because he went on to have problems relating to it. My ds2 had an undecended and also had it fixed down. Both had hernia repairs on the same side at the same time as that also occurs with undecended "bits".
Agree with weebump. I think people tend to worry about this far too early. Testicles can descend later on and as long as it is before puberty and are fine. If it carries on after 11 then yes they may need an operation.
actually they have to be fixed down before the age of 2 years because of the risk of infertility (as was previously stated). Eleven would be too late. It can be a genetic problem as it runs in my hubbys family - as does testicular cancer - which is another reason that it is vital to get them in the right place before the age of two.
DS1 was diagnosed at around 1 I think, having been signed off as OK by the GP and HV. He's since had three ops, but his testicles are still retractile, and not in the scrotum. DS2 also has retractile testes, but they sat a bit lower initially, so hasn't had any ops. Can't wait for the day they're naturally in place!
DS1 had his op background put on the NHS website - not our real names!
He hasn't had a bilateral op (has had three ops, one testicle once, and one twice) as the surgeon felt that the risk was too great if he got an infection which could result in both testicles dying at once.