When a man discovered one of his ex-girlfriend’s pregnancy tests still sitting in his cabinet, he decided to take it. Whether it was just for fun or to symbolically exact revenge on his ex, who knows. But after he ‘tested’ himself, something happened he never expected: the test was positive. But keep reading, this story takes an unforeseen turn.
He told a friend about this strange (and frankly confusing) story. His friend decided it was hilarious, so he made the story into a comic in typical Reddit fashion and posted it online.
That test may have saved his life. Other users that saw the comic, which was supposed to just be funny, quickly pointed out what a positive pregnancy test for a male can really mean.
The top comment by user goxilo stated: “If this is true, you should check yourself for testicular cancer. Seriously. Google it.”
As it turns out, home pregnancy tests can detect testicular cancer. These pregnancy tests detect beta human chorionic gonadotropin. This is an indicator of pregnancy, but also testicular cancer.
The man who took the test went to the doctor and discovered that yes, he had a small tumor in his right testicle. What started out as a joke likely saved his life or, at the very least, enabled him to get medical help sooner than he otherwise would have.
Pregnancy tests may not detect cancer in all cases (or even in most cases), but if any man takes a test and it is positive, they should go to a doctor. Not that it’s exactly normal for guys to be taking pregnancy tests…
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