Groin pain refers to discomfort in the area where the abdomen ends and the legs begin. This article focuses on groin pain in men. The terms "groin" and "testicle" are sometimes used interchangeably. But what causes pain in one area does not always cause pain in the other.
Common causes of groin pain include:
Less common causes include:
Home care depends on the cause. Follow your health care provider's recommendations.
Call your health care provider if:
The health care provider will do an exam of the groin area and ask questions about your medical history and symptoms, such as:
Tests that may be performed include:
Pain - groin; Lower abdominal pain; Genital pain; Perineal pain
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Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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