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KAZ - posted on 06/13/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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A few of us had a discussion over the weekend and we were unsure of when the little balls of a boy's testicles drops?

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Constance - posted on 06/15/2011

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Kaz If he is about 1 then you need to take him to a urologist. My son was born with both testicles undesended. It is a very quick outpatient surgery it takes between 1 to 2 hours of surgery to pull them down without damaging anything. The sooner you have this done the better. When testicles are undecended it increase their chance of getting testicular cancer, it does increase that chance dramatically 50%. Once the surgery is done you will have to examine his testicles every month just like we do self checks of our breasts. As he gets older you will have to teach him how to do it himself. My son does this on his own now and every couple of monthes my husband does a quick check as well. This doesn't mean that he won't be able to have children or that he will get cancer. My husband was also born with one undecended and hell he only has to look at me and I get knocked up.

Truthfully you really do need to take him to a urologist before he starts to have any problems or pain.

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Constance - posted on 06/26/2011

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Christel that was an extreme situation. Jodi was just sayingin a typica situation it is completely repairiable. As long as both Testicles are healthy they don't remove them. I do completely agree with the have an increased risk of cancer and being sterile. We are going to have mt sons sperm frozen will he is still a tenager because both of his testicles were undesended. Only because if he wants children someday of his own DNA he will be able to have it.

Christel - posted on 06/26/2011

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@ jodi my two friends boys were under the age of one and they had to remove the one testie because when they went to pull it down the teste was died! So they had to remove it! So yes they do remove them! It is a very serious problem if they dont remove them it can cause cancer or make the other testie sterile!

Jodi - posted on 06/15/2011

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@ Christel, they do NOT remove them if they remain undescended. The situation is perfectly repairable. So Kaz, if it IS an issue, you certainly shouldn't be alarmed. But every baby boy should be checked.

KAZ - posted on 06/15/2011

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I KNOW IT SOUNDS LIKE A SILLY QUESTION, BUT DON'T THEY DROP AGAIN AT A LATER STAGE?

Christel - posted on 06/15/2011

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It should drop before they are 12 months old! If they dont they my have a big problem and may have them removed!

Jodi - posted on 06/13/2011

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Kaz, just get it checked at your next check up. it surprises me that it hasn't been checked (NOT your fault.....). So yeah, ask next time you see the doc.

KAZ - posted on 06/13/2011

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WOW u guys are really upto date with these things. i am not rally concerned re this, but do u all think i should check on this now that i am aware? is it something to worry about?

Karen - posted on 06/13/2011

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my son is 20 months and his were down at his 4 month check, but like jodi said, it's something that the doctor still checks at all his "needle" appointments when she does a complete exam on him. at his 6 month one side had gone back up but was down again by the 9 month and hasn't gone back up since. (i'm in canada)

Jodi - posted on 06/13/2011

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Oh, yes, the older one is him. The slightly shorter boy is my step son, and the little one is my daughter :) Thank you!!! And you are welcome. I'm no expert, that's for sure!! I still learn every single day with my kids, and our oldest (my step daughter) is 19!!!

KAZ - posted on 06/13/2011

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AHA. Big difference. We only get checked on what we ask for. no extra. I take it that's him on your photo. Good looking chap. No mine is 2 and I still have long way to go and lots to learn. Thanks for the chat and the insight. Hope to do so again.

Jodi - posted on 06/13/2011

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My son is 13 :P Maybe they checked for different things back then. But I thought it was a pretty standard check - for the descended testes. I am in Australia, so not sure if things are different where you are. My sons testicles were actually descended when he was born, but I believe they also double check them regularly, because from what I understand, they CAN retract? So it was something that was checked at least a couple of times in that first 12 months.

KAZ - posted on 06/13/2011

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Really. I was told by his ped. when I took him in thinking he had a slight infection that I should not worry about all those things until he is 7. So many different views:)

Jodi - posted on 06/13/2011

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:) I never noticed with my son either, but I do remember it was one thing they used to check for when he was young.

KAZ - posted on 06/13/2011

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Thnks Jodi. We were just curious. As we all have boys and never noticed until my sister-in-law with the 4 year old mentioned he noticed his and mentioned it to her.

Jodi - posted on 06/13/2011

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Here you go:
http://www.pedisurg.com/PtEduc/Undescend...

Basically, there is no single answer, but GENERALLY by the time the baby is 3 months old. It should be of concern if they have descended by the time they are 12 months, at which point it requires treatment.

I HAVE also read that it is common for it to be delayed in premature babies.

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