Coronavirus information for patients

Our telephone line is open if you need to speak to somebody because you have symptoms of an STI, need emergency or routine contraception, or if you have any sexual health concerns. Please call 0121 237 5700 (Monday to Thursday: 09:00 – 18:30 / Friday: 09:00 – 16:30 / Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00).

Our clinics are open for telephone and pre-booked appointments only. We are not seeing walk-in patients at this time.

If you require PEPSE, don’t delay in contacting us during our opening hours. PEPSE can be taken up to 72 hours after exposure to HIV.

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What is it?

Epididymo-orchitis is the inflammation of the epididymis (the tube carrying the sperm from the testicles) and testicles themselves. It is caused by the spread of bacterial infection. The most common infections in young men are chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

If left untreated, epididymo-orchitis can lead to chronic epididymo-orchitis (when persistent inflammation of the testicles leads to recurring testicular pain), testicular abscesses (pus collection within the testicles) or testicular atrophy (shrinking of the testicles).

How do I catch it?

The infections that commonly cause epididymo-orchitis, such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea, are passed from one person to another during sex. They can be spread through vaginal, oral and anal sex.

Chlamydia Gonorrhoea

Epididymo-orchitis can also be caused by a urine infection.


The most common symptoms are painful swelling of the scrotum (the sack of skin which holds the testicles) and pain in the testicles themselves. Some men may also experience pain when they pass urine or notice a discharge (liquid) from the urethra (the tube which runs through the penis) and occasionally a low-grade fever.

Anyone experiencing these symptoms should speak to their GP or attend an Umbrella clinic as soon as possible.

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Epididymo-orchitis is normally diagnosed by a physical examination of the testicles.

Patients being examined for epididymo-orchitis should also be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhoea.


Epididymo-orchitis is treated with oral antibiotics for an average of two weeks. Patients should be followed up after two weeks to check that the symptoms have improved.

If you are treated for epidydymo-orchitis, it is essential that your partner is also treated before you have sex again.

Once epididymo-orchitis has been treated it will not re-occur unless you have unprotected sex with someone with an untreated related infection.

All Umbrella clinics provide treatment for sexually transmitted infections. To find clinics, and to see which services they offer, please see the service locator.

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Worried about epididymo-orchitis?

How to avoid STIs

See the FPA website for a range of downloadable leaflets on contraception and sexually transmitted infections.

View FPA leaflets

The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) website also features a range of downloadable leaflets on STIs.

View BASHH leaflets