In a relationship, communicating is better than not communicating. When it comes to a particular condition that affects the scrotum and its inhabitants, however, both of those words mean something unpleasant.

A hydrocele is a collection of fluid that forms in the scrotum, the pouch of skin that contains the testicles. This condition causes swelling and can make one of the testicles appear larger than the other. While fairly common in newborns, especially those born prematurely, this condition sometimes develops in males after adolescence, perhaps due to injury to the scrotum or inflammation. You might notice a hydrocele during a regular testicular self-exam—which, hopefully, you are incorporating into your life already.

It's important to know that hydroceles have two forms: communicating and noncommunicating. Let's dive into the different types and the specific treatments to help you find relief.

Communicating hydrocele