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Alternative NamesPain - groin; Lower abdominal pain; Genital pain; Perineal pain
Definition Return to top
Groin pain refers to discomfort in the area where the abdomen ends and the legs begin. This article focuses on groin pain in men.
Considerations Return to top
In males, the terms "groin" and "testicle" are sometimes used interchangeably. But what causes pain in one won't necessarily do so in the other.
Causes Return to top
Common causes of groin pain in men include:
Home Care Return to top
Home care depends on the underlying cause. Follow your health care provider's recommendations.
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Call your doctor if:
What to Expect at Your Office Visit Return to top
The doctor will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history and symptoms, such as:
The physical examination will include examination of the groin area. A hidden hernia can be found in men by inserting one finger into the scrotal sac while asking the patient to cough. Coughing raises the pressure in the abdomen and pushes the loop of bowel into the hernia opening.
Tests that may be performed include:
References Return to top
Ferri FF. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor 2007: Instant Diagnosis and Treatment. 9th ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby; 2007.
Wein AJ. Campbell-Walsh Urology. 9th ed. St. Louis, Mo: WB Saunders; 2007.Update Date: 7/23/2007 Updated by: Marc Greenstein, DO, Urologist, North Jersey Center for Urologic Care, Denville, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.