What is hydrocele?

Hydrocele is an effect caused by lymphatic filariasis (LF); a parasitic disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito. As LF damages the lymphatic system within the body, it accumulates and retains fluid and swelling in a particular part of the body. If the swelling is in the arms and the legs, it is known as elephantiasis, and if the swelling is in the scrotum it is known as hydrocele.

Here, our Bihar state Co-ordinator, Rajni Kant Singh explains more…

Poverty and prejudice

Hydrocele can be incredibly painful, and often the swelling can be so severe that it prevents an individual from being able to work and continue earning a living and providing for their family, which then pushes them further into poverty.

Men who have visible signs of hydrocele are sometimes too afraid to leave the house due to the stigma attached. Rajni likens hydrocele to leprosy, and highlights that people are often self-stigmatising towards their disease because they don’t want to tell anyone about their disability:

Rajni's story

Rajni had been living with hydrocele for over six years before he did anything about it. The only other person who knew about it was his wife.

One day, his brother noticed that he was walking with difficulty, and took him to see the doctor. Rajni underwent a very simple surgery to remove the swelling and now, he lives a normal life.

International Men's Day

Hydrocele can be cured with a simple surgery which costs just £10 and takes just 15 minutes to perform. You can help us raise awareness of hydrocele and help us provide more life-changing surgeries this International Men’s Day.

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