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About the picture...[edit]

In this day and age, looking at a human scrotum should not disgust, repulse, or disturb you. Some people are taking this way too far. Yet another example of our inability to evolve beyond our more primitive and false belief's that anything to do with sex is wrong and should be avoided. Even catholics are recognizing this, which is saying something. (No offense, it's a fact that catholics have had a history of viewing sex as negative)

Here is a photograph that demonstrates its functioning (temperature regulation) and the photo can be linked (not directly on page). Would this be a better solution? -- 678901 22:38, 19 September 2006. {{linkimage|Human Scrotum Tense and Relaxed.jpg|Photograph of Human Scrotum (both tense and relaxed states)}}

  • It is my opinion that my photograph is more educational than the current one. Should we consider replacing the current one with this? -- 678901 12:56, 20 September 2006

If I wanted to change the image to the new one, which I feel is much more descriptive than the current one, would I meet any objection? -- 678901 01:04, 26 September 2006

Not overly disgusted by some guy's scrotum but what about the other mammals out in the world. Why does it have to be a human scrotum? --Anon 18:38, 26 January 2010 —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

Ahem... That scrotum is digusting!! Hairy and fugly. Please replace with a more tastefull picture! -- (talk) 14:11, 25 April 2010 (UTC)

LMAO (...literally laughting out my ass, thought I dont own anything that would get out of my ass except laughts - Thank God) I agree -- at least a more tastefull picture... -- It scared me, I wasnt prepared to see it. I was expecting some drawing from a science book or something! lol It made my day, anyway, nevertheless hope I dont have a nightmare. -- (talk) 05:51, 16 May 2010 (UTC)

I concur as I nearly threw up a little in my mouth when I saw that. Perhaps a clinical illustration would suffice? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:50, 23 July 2012 (UTC)

Until WP:DON'T ADD IMAGES THAT ANONYMOUS EDITORS DON'T LIKE becomes policy, we have no reason to remove this photo. - SummerPhD (talk) 00:45, 24 July 2012 (UTC)


What fills the area between the skin of the scrotum and the testes? Muscle? Lymph? Blood? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 19:13, June 8, 2005 (UTC)

Magic --0--

I have the exact same question - there seems to be some kind of fluid, but what is it? (talk) 05:06, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

Interstitial fluid seems likely, given that it occupies all spaces between tissues in the body. It's the precursor to lymph. FiredanceThroughTheNight (talk) 06:02, 30 January 2017 (UTC)
This paper seems to be the nearest I can find to a WP:RS confirming this; it mentions the testicles as containing interstitial fluid. And there are lots of cites for build-up of interstitial fluid when things go wrong, eg. hydrocele, but they generally don't mention the presence of interstitial fluid in the normal case. -- The Anome (talk) 10:58, 30 January 2017 (UTC)
There's also the case of Wesley Warren, Jr. who had a severely enlarged scrotum resulting from a blocked lymphatic system. FiredanceThroughTheNight (talk) 20:51, 10 February 2017 (UTC)


Of course the photo is not necessary. It's only here because people want to rebel against prudish society and want a more "open" society. A subdued version would be fine but this article is not about "scrotum" it's about censorship. If you think I am exaggerating why is there no photo under the articles "vagina" or abortion photos under "abortion". Lame. This kind of editorial battle is exactly why Wikipedia fails. Who wants to fight over this? It's not worth it? The mob rules here. Exactly why I don't donate any money to Wikipedia. (talk) 20:47, 14 January 2011 (UTC)


Is this photo really necessary? I notice that there are very few photos on the female pages, such as clitoris (no photos), vulva (two text book photos), labia (no photos), vagina (text book again)... The diagram is plenty for an educational encyclopedia.

I suggest removing the photo. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by EaZyZ99 (talkcontribs) 21:33, October 24, 2005 (UTC)

Just for ease of discussion, the image is Image:Scrotum.jpg. Please remember to sign your comments with ~~~~, thanks. It can be argued the image does accurately represent one testicle being lower than another, an important thing to show. But I couldn't care less if its done with a real photo, or illustration. - RoyBoy 800 06:15, 25 October 2005 (UTC)

I suggest removing it as well...Chooserr 15:49, 4 November 2005 (UTC)

I don't know why people keep trying to remove images from articles. A picture is worth a thousand words! Yes, some pictures are better than others and, like RoyBoy, I don't particularly care if the subject of the article is illustrated with a photograph or a drawing, but don't remove images without replacing them with something better. Simply removing an image for the sake of removing it is pointless and doesn't improve the article --Craig (t|c) 02:47, 5 November 2005 (UTC)

This picture is pornographic and unnecessary. I suggest a diagram to replace it. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 17:13, November 16, 2005 (UTC) (sockpuppet of EaZyZ99)

It is not intended to cause sexual excitement, and does not depict erotic behavior, so it is not pornography. See WP:NOT#Wikipedia_is_not_censored_for_the_protection_of_minors Talk:Clitoris/Image_discussion and Wikipedia:Content_disclaimer. Indium 07:21, 17 November 2005 (UTC)

The image is out of place and disgusting. There is really no need as it doesn't add anything to the article of importance. As far as the discussion about one testicle hanging lower than the other, a drawing or diagram would show that...and that really would be more useful on the testicles page, not the scrotum page. I still suggest removing the image. Will anybody second that? EaZyZ99 20:40, 30 November 2005 (UTC)

I disagree with this

Thelastemperor 13:26, 17 February 2006 (UTC)

I prefer the photo at the German scrotum page. Gilliamjf 05:43, 12 December 2005 (UTC)
Disgusting? Are you a man-hater? It doesn't add anything of importance? So you think it's unimportant what the body part actually looks like? Should we remove pictures of eyes, noses, tongues, ears, and toes too? Klafubra 01:15, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

I also feel the photographs is unnecessary and too graphic. Though it is not pornographic, the diagram is educational enough as is. That photo is extraneous and ought to be removed. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 14:04, December 16, 2005 (UTC)

per concensus, the photo will be removed as it does not add anything to the article that the diagram doesn't. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 18:19, December 16, 2005 (UTC) (sockpuppet of EaZyZ99)
Discounting your sockpuppet vote and anonymous posts (which I have added signatures to above), there is no consensus to remove the image. I will restore it now, please do not remove it again until you have consensus. —Locke Cole 07:40, 18 December 2005 (UTC)

I agree with Locke Cole and Craig and truely most people who have posted here (nto counting ghost-votes from one user ;)) about that the picture should stay. Looking at Eazy's contributions the last 100 have pretty much only had to do with removing material from articles about intimate parts of the body. As cited earlyer Wikipedias policy is not to remove slighly explicit pictures if they have an ilustrating educational value.

I think that a great deal of the readers of this article are people in their pubertity interested in if they are "normal" (atleast that's the feeling i remember from when i was in that age), actually it would be good to have a table of many pictures so that the natural variation would be visible. Maybe the picture could be behind a link?

otherwise i see notthing wrong with the picture, it is of quite high resolution etc. 22:23, 22 December 2005 (UTC)

My observations are as follows:

  • Technically, it is not a very good photo. It is poorly lit, and the subject is confused (eg, it includes too much of the legs, etc.)
  • This article is about "scrotum", not "human scrotum," and I suspect we could find better free pictures if we look for them.
  • That being said, unless and until we actually find a better picture, it is absolutely inappropriate to remove this one. It's the best we've got right now. If the picture offends you, too bad. Grow a thicker skin, or go find an encyclopedia to edit that is censored for the protection of minors, because this one isn't. Nandesuka 13:28, 23 December 2005 (UTC)

Regards, Nandesuka 13:28, 23 December 2005 (UTC)

Why not link it like the image on Autofellatio? I wouldn't want to bump into photographs without asking for them if I was researching this area, it's an image of a man's scrotum, after all. Biology teachers don't undress when they're lecturing about human reproduction, do they? (Apart from John Cleese, that is) Obli 19:20, 23 December 2005 (UTC)

By reading the page, you asked for the image. If you opened a paper encyclopedia to an article on "scrotum," you would expect to see a photograph or diagram (or at least, would not be surprised if you did). Nandesuka 02:35, 24 December 2005 (UTC)
I thought about this and reviewed other genital pages, and decided that the image does belong, and inline too. Note that I strongly oppose the autofellatio image on the grounds that it is unnecessary and derived. Scrotum is the part itself and deserves an image. Things like autofellatio are just very simple actions involving parts that have their own articles and images, so images for such actions are needless and unencyclopedic. The scrotum image here is different.Voice of AllT|@|ESP 05:02, 24 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Yeah, you'd open an encyclopedia expecting to see a DIAGRAM, not an image of some guy's nads hanging there with his hairy legs. Come on, get real. It's not needed at all.--EaZyZ99 19:26, 25 December 2005 (UTC)EaZyZ99
    • Given your frequent attempts to add Image:MSVag2.JPG to Vulva, your comment is disingenuous at best. tregoweth 22:25, 25 December 2005 (UTC)
    • Well maybe not the standard home encyclopedia (allthough i would not be revolted in any way if it was there also), but a medical dictionary or some other more thorough information source on the subject in question might very well be prone to have a photograph or something. I can remember there being somewhat "explicit" pictures aready in school textbooks also. After all That's what this article is about, the scrotum, and the guy in the picture clearly has one, it being hairy is totally natural. I just can't get what you are lurking at. 02:17, 28 December 2005 (UTC)

also ps. your standard home encyclopedia might very well be censored to protect minors, wikipedia isn't.

Tregoweth is a piece of monkey shit. That's my comment, but I'm sure it will be deleted. EaZyZ99 00:34, 29 December 2005 (UTC)

    • I don't find the photo offensive. There's nothing pornographic about it. I thought it was fairy good quality - certainly better than one I could take myself. How could the photo be offensive? Anyone on this tab just looked up SCROTUM, for crying out loud! What'd they think they see? Spongebob?
I agree. And I think the matter of people complaining and requesting censorship should end.
  • Please remove it as it is unnecessary, and is not a good photo. Mace 08:31, 7 July 2006 (UTC)

Can u get a scrotum that looks a little better this one looks weird lol and its small lol new picture needed--HurricaneRo 19:00, 13 July 2006 (UTC)

The photo is alot more clear then this mess you call understandable. Images can speak a thousand words, but this new one is not very clear. So sad wikipedians make wikipedia based on what they "feel" and not what makes it better.-- (talk) 04:17, 4 November 2009 (UTC)

Photo Controversy[edit]

I think photos on articles such as anatomy are important and improve quality. Obscenity is POV! This is a relevant picture. True, a better photo could be found of perhaps a more "aesthetically pleasing" scrotum (then again, perhaps average realism should be maintained)… but nevertheless it is a picture of a scrotum on an article about the scrotum. What would you be doing looking at the article if you're offended by seeing the subject of the article?

Just because some people are offended by images of sex organs, does not mean it should not be included. This is an encyclopedia... it's academic, and thus is amoral. Should we remove the image of a swastika from the article on Nazis? Of course not. But I guarantee some people are offended by that image.

Different people are offended and upset by different things, however this is NOT the responsibility of the encyclopedia, especially when it comes to censoring out relevant info. Personally, I think gangrene is disgusting. But I completely understand that if I go to that article, I will likely see a picture showing just what it is and what it looks like. If I have a problem with that (like if I'm eating) I will not go to the article, or turn my browsers images off.

The value of seeing an actual image of something is invaluable. What if I'm a female virgin, who's never seen a scrotum and wants a realistic idea of what to expect when the time comes so as not to be embarrassed? Or (as a previous poster noted) I'm a pubescent male wondering if my body looks "normal". Or just curiosity. This is completely reasonable. Just because it's naked and because it involves human sexuality does not make something pornography!

I've seen these kind of complaints all-across anatomy articles on WP, including the article for "tongue" where a person complained that the image of a tongue ring was offensive. This type of stuff just hurts the quality of the information. Wikipedia is not supposed to place value judgments on what may or may not be offensive or displeasing to some people. Come on people. Have you ever opened a medical encyclopedia and browsed the photos? Or a book about sex? Go pick up a book about puberty, it will probably have photos of what to expect.

If you have a moral problem with this then this is regretful, but it is your problem. If you have a distaste for the images, then again: your problem. It should NOT fall on WP to guess this stuff and clean articles of material some segment of the population may find unpleasant. Unless it is blatantly offensive and gratuitous, then let it be. Just because some people are uptight about this, doesn't mean that all Wikipedia visitors should be robbed of the information.

Let's try to all be mature. If they can put the Cartoon depicting Mohammed on the article relating to the Danish Cartoon Controversy, then this is really a juvenile matter, people. One last time. THIS IS AN ENCYCLOPEDIA, and as such, photos make it more informative (photo-realistic visual information), whether or not you like that information is besides the point. We all have sex organs, we should all be able to see a picture of one without giggling, masturbating, or going "ewww". Please... let's stick to making these articles as informative as possible, and making sure to illustrate the content as well as is possible. Thelastemperor 13:47, 17 February 2006 (UTC)

Maybe the photo should be in black and white![edit]

I came to this article specifically looking for an anatomical diagram, and found this full-color picture of some guy's hairy nutsack. Some of you seem to like the photo the way it is, and some of you don't. Maybe you should follow the lead of many medical books, which publish more explicit pictures in black and white. The black and white is also good because it shows more definition of line and depth than color does. BrianGCrawfordMA 03:00, 27 February 2006 (UTC)

-all i tried to do is get a science project done and now i find a hairy nutsack. i couldv'e looked at my own and wouldve been just fine with a diagram. we don't need that much details. (han)

- who put up the link for teabagging? lol (han)

 i removed the offending link

It's interesting that the diagram -- arguably far more informative than the photo as it shows interior structures in glorious colors -- is totally illegible, while the photo is quite large (perhaps just to show a typical scrotum has hair?). A-giau 11:30, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

New Images[edit]

Please discuss changes or additions in images first. In this case, the images added were of very poor quality. Also, new images should add information that is not already in the article, or other images. Atom 20:23, 11 October 2006 (UTC)

Hello, Atom. I have recently registered as a wikipedian and got to bussines right away.
I just made a serious, informative edition to this article (which lacked a photograph of a scrotum) and it was reverted by you.
WP is an encyclopedia, and as such, is devoted to spread knowledge, not a particular set of moral values. I must assume, thus, that you erased the the pictures because of encyclopedic reasons, and not out of prudishness.
Let me address your reasons:
  • "Please discuss changes or additions in images first": This sounds to me very close to: "You need permission first in order to contribute to WP". Also, it seems to be contradictory, since you reverted my changes without "discussing the changes first". If every addition to WP should only be made "discussing the changes first", then the whole design of WP would be flawed, since it actually encourages users to edit the articles when they feel they have useful additions to make to them without asking permission first.
  • "images added were of very poor quality": I am not aware of any WP policy that states that only good quality pictures are allowed to feature in the articles. This might be moot, however, since a photograph with bad quality is much more informative than no photograph at all. About this "bad quality" you refer to: Do you mean low resolution? What kind of "quality" would you consider acceptable (and thus you would presumably leave in place)? Please state this as clearly as possible, since it is crucial to the informative quality (pardon the pun) of this article.
  • As for :"new images should add information that is not already in the article, or other images" The deleted images added an enormous amount of information not present in the article or the only image it features now. Namely: the different colorations that a scrotum can have, the texture of the scrotum's skin (which is very different from that of the rest of the body), the amount of hair that a particular scrotum presents, the location of the scrotum relative to the legs, the difference between 2 normal adult human scrotums (or scrota), the fact that some men shave their scrotums, etc. This list of useful information derived from the photographs can indeed go on for a long while, since, as Aristotle put it: "An image is worth a thousand words". I can see how someone would not consider these pieces of knowledge as valuable. But please, if you do not have any use for that information, do not assume that no one else does. I think that a very clear and intelligent addition to this discussion was made by Thelastemperor the 17th of February 2006. Photo Controversy
Lastly, all of this is not intended to offend anyone, but it is as strong a point as I can make in favour of something I consider a fundamental encyclopedical goal: to achieve the best posible information for the reader. If anything I posted here is percieved as offensive or as an attack, I assure you that it is not the intention, and apologize if I did not comply with any etiquette policy I might not be aware of (being new as a wikipedian). Elmer 20:53, 11 October 2006 (Central Time)

Elmer, thanks for your interest in contributing. Rest assured that I am not trying to censor anything. Wikipedia is not censored. And I am perhaps the least likely person to be offended by any image. Because articles with photographs often become controversial arguments, we are trying to make guidelines for such things. Wikipedia:WikiProject Sexology and sexuality/WIP-image-guidelines. They aren't "official" they are a way for us to keep out of revert wars and other disagreements.

In this case it is an editorial decision, not based on content, but on quality.

In the case of your images, what I personally objected to as an editor was:

  • They are vanity images. You as a contributor added your own picture. That is generally not acceptable in Wikipedia. If you added various images to the Wikipedia Commons site, and an editor added it to this article because they thought it was a good image, that might be different (or not, see the discussion at talk:anus). The problem is that we need to remain objective about an article, and too often people who put their own pictures in fight to have them there because they are their own pictures, rather than making editorial decisions based on the quality of the article, and what best improves that quality.
  • There really only needed to be one image to illustrate the point, and you added two.
  • The images you added were of poor quality (in my opinion). I mean no offense, but I edit many sexuality articles, and the ones you added did not seem to be as visually sharp and clear and to the point for the article as many others.

I think a good and clear image or photo that fits the article would be great. As an editor, I did not feel that the images you provided met that level. Perhaps if you take other photos, of someone other than yourself, and filter through to find one that is ideal for the article? Also, we can ask at Wikipedia:Requested pictures and get a variety of pictures, and choose the best quality one for the article.

Atom 13:42, 12 October 2006 (UTC)

Because there is no image, I am going to add a picture which is encyclopedic, if anyone wants to comment, please do. Nikon307 23:14, 29 May 2007 (UTC)

Because the previous image was removed without reason I have reverted the image and it's placement to it's previous state. Once again, if you would like to add a different image or have reason for changing the image, please leave a reason here as a comment, thank you. Nikon307 06:31, 8 July 2007 (UTC)

  • Nikon, you don't WP:OWN the photo and nobody needs to get permission from you to put up a higher-quality photograph. I also note that you keep putting up photos of your scrotum, which seems WP:COI territory. Judging by your very limited contributions, most are of your own body parts - what gives? --David Shankbone 18:05, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
Image:Testiclesinscrotum.jpg is a better image. The area is clean and the focus of the image is the scrotum. Image:Scrotum_by_David_Shankbone.jpg shows part of the penis, a finger, and what looks like a very dirty anus. The former is a better image. Joie de Vivre T 18:20, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
It's not an anus, it's a perenium, and the same perenium found on that article. Is your anus located right below your balls? And it's taken with a far better lens and camera than the drooped shaved one that is taken with a cheap point n' shoot. --David Shankbone 18:24, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
The photo has been cropped to move the finger and the lower part of the penis, per your comments. It also was cropped to remove what you call an "anus" but is not.--David Shankbone 18:29, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
My physician once informed me that the distance between the genitals and the anus varies widely between individuals. And since the penis in the photo is pulled far upwards, it's reasonable to suggest that the anal region may have been pulled into view. Thanks for cropping the image. Joie de Vivre T 18:41, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
It doesn't vary that widely! --David Shankbone 18:52, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
The darker skin around the anus might have accounted for it but if you insist that it is not the anus then I conclude that that person simply doesn't wipe properly after using the bathroom. Joie de Vivre 03:33, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
Or, you could conclude that they are not white and that not everyone's perenium looks like yours. But if you want to check out their anus or their perenium and see for yourself on those pages. --David Shankbone 04:00, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
I hesitate to say anything about which sorts of anuses I have encountered in my lifetime, but I'll simply state that you don't know anything about the topic. Joie de Vivre 04:36, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
That's comical. How old are you? Because you are veering close to personal attacks on this page over an image, concluding that I took photographs of a model's dirty asshole (that are inexplicably located beneath the scrotum), and then telling me I don't know anything about anuses. Seriously--let's grow up a little, okay? And if you want to respond, do so on my Talk page. This isn't the place. As far as I'm concerned, this is my last post, considering that at your request I cropped the photo. And I won't quibble over your expertise about assholes. --David Shankbone 12:21, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
What are you talking about? After you made racially-toned remarks (guessing that I was white, for one, and guessing that I had never seen an anus that was non-white, for two), after you made that remark, I pointed out that you don't know anything about the sorts of the anuses I have encountered. How you interpreted my words to mean that I thought that you don't know anything about anuses in general is beyond me. Regardless, apparently you are willing to make a guess about my skin color, the skin color of my sex partners (pardon the conflation but most people don't encounter anuses anywhere else), and now you're vaguely alluding to the relevance of my age as well, so I am going to have to leave this one alone now too. Joie de Vivre° 15:39, 12 July 2007 (UTC)

Leave It Alone[edit]

There is nothing wrong with the image just as it is shown. The other one - showing the comparison is also very good. Too many articles on anatomy show drawings rather than photos. Drawings are helpful, but we must remember that people percieved differently. It may be difficult for some to percieve an image from a drawing.

I think people are uptight over photographs of anything that suggest nudity. Thus the source of the objections. In photos of animals such as dogs, monkeys or bulls, the scrotum is clearly visible when viewed from the correct angle. Most people don't object to that or even the sight of the scrotum of an actual dog, monkey or bull. If an adult human male walked down the street naked, people would go nuts (pardon the play on words). What it is about the human anatomy (scrotum) that causes this reaction in people?

I live in a city that prides itself on the old west heritage. A few years ago some topariary sculptures were placed along Main Street. One was a Longhorn bull. Due to objections by one person, the city had the bull turned into a steer by removing the offending organ. Yikes!!

LarryMack 19:03, 11 December 2006 (UTC)

Arterial supply[edit]

the scrotum is not supplied by the testicular arteries, these supply the testis themselves. I have updated to show the correct arteries. This imformation was taken from page 453 of Clinically Oriented Anatamy - Moore and Dalley (5th Edition). If you believe this to be incorrect please correct me 18:35, 5 January 2007 (UTC)

TfD nomination of Template:Linkimage[edit]

Template:Linkimage has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for Deletion page. Thank you.   — Jeff G. (talk|contribs) 23:07, 8 March 2007 (UTC)


Of course the scrotum serves a purpose. Please don't vandalize Wikipedia! I've removed the statement claiming that the scrotum serves no purpose. Pygmypony 06:20, 31 May 2007 (UTC)

Anatomical Location of the Scrotum in Mammals[edit]

Some mammals (lagomorphs come to mind) have their scrotum located in front of their penis. This is not made clear in this article which stipulates that all mammals have their scrotums located between their penis and their perineum. Pygmypony 15:10, 6 August 2007 (UTC) TERMINOLOGY - The term "bezzler" is sometimes used to describe the male external genitalia and urinary organ (penis + scrotum) or (rod + balls). The organ is sometimes referred to as the "urinary bezzler" or simply as the "bezz." --Religion and superstition 19:52, 28 October 2007 (UTC)

The "bezzler is somewhat analygous to the female vulva (vagina + clitoris + urinary meatus).--Religion and superstition (talk) 17:54, 26 November 2007 (UTC)

Funny thing - there is following text: "Animals that have 'stately' movements - such as elephants, whales, and marsupial moles - have internal testes and no scrotum". Have you ever seen elephant? Please go to to ZOO and do not talk silly things. Whales do not have scrotum for sure but elephant do have one. Also 'stately movements' have as I think rather stupid explanation - the true one is rather that animals living in the water do not have scrotum tue to the temperature of the water... -- (talk) 23:41, 29 January 2009 (UTC)


There is a sort of suture between on the scrotum between the testes, running from the base of the penis to the "barse" ("between balls and arse") area. What is it called? Maikel (talk) 21:48, 25 January 2008 (UTC)

That would be the raphe. Stonemason89 (talk) 02:46, 28 May 2009 (UTC)

Choice of image[edit]

There are two images up for selection on the page:

image one and image two

Please examine each of them at full resolution. Each of them does a fine job of illustrating the topic. I prefer the second picture because the first one, to my eye, simply looks blurry and out of focus. The second is also higher resolution. Thoughts? Nandesuka (talk) 20:19, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

I prefer the sharper, higher-resolution image, which more than adequately illustrates the subject. I see little reason to substitute the lower res, slightly blurry image. Add to that, the second image is aesthetically more pleasing than the first, as the subject seems to have been prepared for the photo. Ed Fitzgerald (unfutz) (talk / cont) 18:55, 28 February 2008 (UTC)

Massive Vandalism[edit]

Woah, checked to see something about a medical condition to see the page destroyed?

Revert Please?

NeuroLogic 07:03, 21 July 2008 (UTC)


Scrotum - Hodensack-2.JPG
Scrotum - Hodensack new.JPG

User:Jcool5 keeps removing the photo of the scrotum (which is not mine, BTW). Has consensus changed as to if the article should have a photo? --NeilN talkcontribs 13:26, 27 September 2009 (UTC)

What do you think about this photos. I can not recognize something in the photo of the article.

--Tänzer (talk) 18:29, 11 March 2010 (UTC)


More pictures of various other mammal scrotums please![edit]

Apparently I, a boring woman quickly approaching middle-age, am the only person who is upset not by the photo of the dude's scrotum, but at the fact that there are only human scrotum pictures on offer. I was looking for a picture of a ram's scrotum to see how it compared to the size and shape of a non-nursing ewe's udders to judge whether the 19th century painting of an animal that I was looking at contained a sheep or a ram. Why why why is all the discussion about whether or not people should be allowed to see a part of the body 50% of mammals have and yet no one is sad that there aren't a million damned pictures of all kinds of animal scrotums? Why is this even a discussion? Of course there should be pictures - it's an encyclopedia. Seriously people baffle me. How scientific is a free encyclopedia that everyone can edit that doesn't include helpful pictures displaying all sorts of human and animal examples of the thing defined? Sigh, that's my rant. Saudade7 02:56, 20 October 2010 (UTC)


tr:Testis torbası —Preceding unsigned comment added by Wikitürkçe (talkcontribs) 21:38, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

Warm / Cold comparison[edit]

Another option for tense/relaxed. A great side-by-side comparison -- (talk) 17:18, 7 January 2011 (UTC)

extension of the abdomen?[edit]

How is a scrotum an extension of the abdomen? The opening paragraph says this. Isn't this wrong? Pass a Method talk 18:52, 8 April 2011 (UTC)

Yes. I believe the scrotum is generally considered an organ of the perineum, not the abdomen. It's a bit arbitrary though. There are several layers of tissue that are actually continuous between the abdomen and the perineum, but they're given different names depending on where they are (e.g. external spermatic fascia in the perineum is continuous with the fascia of the external oblique muscle in the abdomen). The article has been changed accordingly. mcs (talk) 20:31, 8 April 2011 (UTC)

New photo[edit]

I really like the new photo. It shows very good the scrotum and the testicles with very high resolution. What do you think about it? I think it would be necessary to ask for more photos to Fred-93. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:34, 19 October 2011 (UTC)

Scrotal swelling[edit]

Iam facing a scrotal swelling oneside (Left side ), as of the study I never found any pain with it, may I know is this is a major health concern — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:52, 17 July 2013 (UTC)

Please read WP:medical advice to fully understand Wikipedia's policy of not giving medical advice. That aside, there are many things that could cause the scarcely described symptom, the only way to know for certain is for you to be examined by a licensed health care professional.Wzrd1 (talk) 13:00, 17 July 2013 (UTC)


I had replaced the image for a more natural looking anatomical part. The current image that I had replaced has the subject distorting the penis by pulling it upward unnaturally. While the focus is the scrotum, the entire photo should be natural, instead of distorted. 400 Lux (talk) 04:09, 16 March 2014 (UTC)

Frankly, I agree. Always found the other image odd. EvergreenFir (talk) 04:59, 16 March 2014 (UTC)

All the images on this page are still odd. I never replace files with my own ones, but maybe HQ_SAM_ST2.jpg is a better choice. If pubic hair is an issue, it's possible to crop other images of mine. I like HQ_SAM_ST.jpg most but maybe some of you don't like the "unnatural" penis - almost invisible though. And there may be other, better pictures than the one used now. Furthermore I suggest removal of the second blue-ish picture completely, no need for that. 123GLGL (talk) 19:36, 22 May 2014 (UTC)

The bluish photograph illustrates contraction of the scrotum under cold conditions, preserving the temperature of the testes. If you have a better photograph of male genitals under extreme cold conditions, feel free to suggest that in replacement.Wzrd1 (talk) 20:33, 22 May 2014 (UTC)
The picture in the box compares a relaxed and a tense scrotum (also the former one did). I don't know what kind of useful information an extremely and unusually tense scrotum could possibly add. Besides, the bluish photograph is blurry and of poor quality. The other picture is underexposed, and all of them do not only show the subject of this article, which is the scrotum, but predominantly the penis. I still suggest removing the bluish picture and finding a better one for the box (any better one). 123GLGL (talk) 21:00, 22 May 2014 (UTC)
Variability of the scrotum itself in various environmental conditions (which is mentioned in the article, hence an illustration is valuable). Hence, the photograph is more than valid for this article, despite the blue discoloration of the image. As I said, if you can find a replacement that shows the same content, feel free to replace it. I've yet to see an image that could replace it and I'll not volunteer to refrigerate my genitals in order to replace the image. ;) Wzrd1 (talk) 16:12, 23 May 2014 (UTC)
I'll not volunteer either. Besides, on HQ_SAM_ST.jpg they're pretty tense and I don't think freezing them would change that much - size is not only a question of temperature ;). However it's not at all important for me. I just wanted to say that I find all the images odd. 123GLGL (talk) 00:13, 24 May 2014 (UTC)

Heh, you've not been *really* cold, as in near hypothermia. Those prunes get really small, along with everything else that the body can shrink to prevent freezing.Wzrd1 (talk) 00:16, 24 May 2014 (UTC)

I was just kidding. Don't take this issue seriously. 123GLGL (talk) 00:22, 24 May 2014 (UTC)
I wasn't kidding, but I don't take the issue seriously at all. :) Wzrd1 (talk) 00:23, 24 May 2014 (UTC)

Article improvement[edit]

At this point, this article is considered a start class article, the classification just above a stub. For such an important subject, this is a very low level assessment. To bring the quality up to the level of a C class article feel free to use the following checklist:

  • Is the article substantial?
  • Is it still missing important content?
we still info on other mammals   Bfpage |leave a message  23:00, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Does it contains irrelevant material?
yellow tickY Partly done not as much   Bfpage |leave a message  22:56, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Does the article have references to reliable sources (peer-reviewed scientific journals? medical textbooks?)
yellow tickY Partly done we have at least one journal article now and I can't wait to see that kid's website disappear as a reliable source.   Bfpage |leave a message  23:00, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Does it require substantial cleanup?
  • Is it developed in style, structure, and quality than Start-Class, but it fails one or more of the criteria for B-Class?
  • Does it need editing for clarity, balance, or flow?
  • Does it contain policy violations, such as bias or original research?
Not sure   Bfpage |leave a message  23:05, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Does it have a reasonable encyclopedic style
 Possible seems okay, always room for improvement
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Other editors: enter your comments under each question and sign

One important thing to consider in the article is, a scrotum isn't only a human attribute, many other mammals possess the same physical structure. So, we rewrite the article accordingly or rename this article to "Human Scrotum". Wzrd1 (talk) 13:47, 23 February 2015 (UTC)
The penis article is about both animal and human structures, perhaps we should follow their lead.
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Article structure[edit]

According to WP:Manual of Style/Medicine-related articles the article should have the following structure:


  • *The lead should begin by stating in the most general form the location and purpose of the structure. For example, The metatarsals are bones found in the human foot
  • Structure including a brief description of location and size, course, insertions and attachments. Possible subsections for blood supply, lymphatic drainage and innervation if these are complex enough. There is no need to duplicate information provided in the infobox. If covered on the same page, subsections may be devoted to individual substructures.
    • Variations, describing variations, if appropriate
    • Development, discussing the embryological/foetal and early-life development of the structure. May be included as a subsection in 'structure', especially for minor anatomical structures.
    • Histology, where appropriate
  • Function or Physiology as appropriate
  • Clinical significance, discussing related diseases, medical associations with the structure, and use in surgery.
  • Society and culture, which may be excluded in minor anatomical structures.
  • History, describing the structure and the etymology of the word. Etymology may be included as a separate subsection, if sufficient information exists.
  • Other animals, which may include comparative anatomy for discussing non-human anatomy in articles that are predominantly human-based.
  • Additional images to store high-quality images. These images should be kept to a minimum and provided in gallery format when consistent with Wikipedia's Image Use policy on galleries. Additional images are stored in Wikicommons.


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One last thing...[edit]

His just one interesting fact about this article that shows how important it is: Scrotum has been viewed 26,337 times in the last 30 days. Taking a break from my editing binge...

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From the article:

"The left testis is lower than the right,"

Is this always the case, or can the reverse also apply? If so, does anyone know what is the frequency of each "handedness" in humans, and whether this is the same between different species? -- The Anome (talk) 18:29, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

Update: the magic search keywords are "testicular asymmetry"/"genital asymmetry". Try this:

Anthony F.Bogaert
Genital asymmetry in men
Human Reproduction 
vol.12 no.1 pp.68–72, 1997

-- The Anome (talk) 10:51, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

Material now included in the article. -- The Anome (talk) 13:53, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

Image not showing in article[edit]

Anyone else have this issue? Seems to be some sort of technical issue, perhaps with the template it's using. Bumm13 (talk) 02:44, 12 October 2018 (UTC)

Not working for me either and can't figure out why. I've raised it at Wikipedia:Village pump (technical).--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 06:24, 12 October 2018 (UTC)
I've fixed this by adding an exception to the bad image list. Due to the nature of the topic this type of problem might affect this article or other articles in the genre in the future. If so, just make a request at MediaWiki talk:Bad image list. -- zzuuzz (talk) 06:45, 12 October 2018 (UTC)