It seems that what can affect the size of the testicles? In fact, the testicles are a very important organ for men: they are responsible for the production of sperm and testosterone, so it depends on them whether a man will become a father and what men's qualities he will have.
Does testicular size matter?
There is an opinion that the more the testicles, the better they cope with their functions. In part, it is. In confirmation of this is the fact that chimpanzees, whose testicles are larger than those of gorillas, have more promiscuous sex relations. Accurate research in this area has not been conducted in humans. It is also known that the average size of the testicles of black men is approximately two times larger than that of Asians. However, knowing the ability of male Asians to fertilize, we can assume that the size of the testicles does not affect the ability to fertilize.
Normal testicle size
In a healthy man, the testicles have a soft-elastic consistency, not less than a plum in size. Determination of the size of the testicles by a urologist is carried out using the Prader orchidometer (Fig. 1). This orchidometer allows you to visually determine the volume of the patient's testicle. The lower limit of the volume of the testicle is 15 cm cube.
Fig.1. - Pradera orchidometer to determine the size of the testicle
In some men, uneven size of the testicles, when one testicle is larger than the other, is a concern. This is normal if the difference in size is no more than 0.7 cm and there is no pain, in the other cases you should consult a doctor. It should be noted that one testicle hangs higher than the other. This is also the norm, and is intended by nature so that the testicles do not touch each other.
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What can affect the size of the testicles?
- Taking drugs like marijuana reduces testicles in size (for more on the effects of marijuana on a man’s health ).
- Anabolic steroids and other drugs using synthetic testosterone. When synthetic testosterone is used, the production of one’s own male hormones stops (the pituitary gland gives a signal to the testicles that testosterone is enough in the body and that it does not need to be produced), which leads to atrophy and a decrease in the testicle.
- Varicocele. With varicocele, the blood flow to the testicle is impaired, as a result of which the testicle does not receive adequate nutrition and decreases in size.
Sometimes it is important to do an independent examination of the testicles, probing the scrotum and testicles for the early detection of abnormalities. If the testicles perform the functions of the formation of sperm and male hormones without pathologies, then there should be no cause for concern about the size of the testicles.