Among the problems that plague your man parts, epididymitis can cause tremendous pain in the testicles, epididymis and scrotum. What begins as a dull ache can quickly escalate into a sharp, severe pain lasting days or even weeks. Antibiotics are generally effective at clearing things up, but coping with the pain means practicing self-care and minimizing physical activity.

The epididymis is a long coiled tube at the upper back of each testicle that is responsible for carrying sperm from the testicles. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the primary causes of epididymitis. Inflammation can cause the epididymis and scrotal tissue to become red, tender and swollen. Treatment typically consists of antibiotics.

Of course, if your epididymis has become swollen and inflamed, chances are you won't be mountain climbing or running a marathon, but it can be easy to inadvertently do something that aggravates your condition. Fortunately, some simple practices