Retractile Testes

What is a Retractile Testicle?

Unlike an undescended testicle, a retractile testicle has descended fully at birth but rises out of the scrotum when the cremaster muscle contracts. The cremaster muscle covers the testis and moves the testis up or down within the scrotum.



Retractile testicles function normally and typically do not require treatment as it will resolve on its own as the child matures into puberty. 

As the boy reaches puberty, the cremastic reflex weakens, the testicles become heavier with growth, and testicles are more easily found in the scrotum on routine examination.  The good news is that retractile testicles do not carry any additional risk of infertility or of developing testicular cancer above the regular population. 

Your child’s pediatrician will perform regular testicular exams at birth and at each well child exam to ensure that the testicle is in its proper place in the scrotum. If the physician discovers a retractile testes exists, the doctor will be able to draw it back down into the scrotum. Concerning exams may be referred to a pediatric urologist for further evaluation. 

Your child’s pediatrician or a pediatric urologiy specialist can help answer any questions you may have about this common condition, and allay any concerns as well.