Small Testicles: The Tiny Hint That You May Have BIG Health Issues

​A man’s package is never complete without his balls or testicles. They’re the male gonads, responsible for producing sperm and hormones – but what if you have small testicles?

Many would probably say that you shouldn’t pay much attention to scrotal circumference, and that testicle volume is what you should focus on. After all, some guys have small, tight scrotums, while others have them hanging loose in their pants.

But let's be honest here for a second: there’s no denying that size matters. 

Having small testes means ejaculating less and having less testosterone. Before you jump to conclusions, here are some things you need to know about having small testicles in the scrotum.

So, What Shrinks the Testicles?

Are your balls shrinking? There are tons of factors that may be keeping you from having large testicles, including genetics, bad habits, and lifestyle.

  • Lifestyle
    Males who smoke, drink alcohol, or do drugs may end up suffering from testicle shrinkage. Doing any of those can deplete the body’s reserve of nutrients, especially zinc.

    Lack of sleep and rest tend to cause hormonal imbalance as well, which actually leads to poor testicle growth.
  • Concurrent Diseases
    For example, an underweight man with AIDS is more likely to have smaller testicles (no jokes, here's the study). Likewise, those who suffer from liver and kidney diseases and obesity are also at risk of suffering from testicular shrinkage.
  • Medications
    Excessive intake of some medications (steroids, for example) can cause your testicles to shrink. Anti-inflammatory agents that prevent eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, or asthma are also potential culprits.
  • Sexual Practices
    They say that excessive masturbation can enlarge your penis. But, ejaculating faster and more often can tire your reproductive system, eventually affecting semen volume and causing erectile dysfunction.

    Also, abstaining from sex for a long time (for at least three months) can lead to shrinkage, mainly due a significant drop in serum testosterone levels.
  • Injuries
    An accident can sometimes cause testicular torsion – the twisting of testicles, which in turn damages the spermatic cord. Such an injury injury is bound to shrink the testes as a result of physical damage.
  • Genetic Disorders
    Conditions like the Klinefelter Syndrome result in poor function of the reproductive system. It happens when men have two X chromosomes and an Y chromosome instead of the usual XY set.

    Other genetic disorders include the Bardet-Biedl syndrome, Kallmann syndrome, and Kartagener syndrome.
  • Other Complications
    Conditions like undescended testes (cryptorchidism), nonpalpable testes, retractile testes, and epididymitis can cause testicular shrinkage. In severe cases, these may even lead to infertility.

​What Does It Really Mean Though?

Testicle size may be viewed as an indicator of health since it says a lot about your reproductive system and lifestyle. In this article though, we’re going to focus on shrinkage being the result of a decrease in testosterone.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that in roughly 33 percent of couples seeking solutions to infertility, it’s the male who actually has the problem. Note that having smaller balls often translates to low semen volume, thus reducing the chances of conceiving.

Although a lower sperm count does not necessarily result from having smaller testicles, men with testicle shrinkage tend to have decreased sperm production.

Hypogonadism is the medical term for having low testosterone levels.  
Those suffering from low testosterone levels (thus, estrogen dominance) could experience the following:

  • ​Infertility
  • ​Loss of hair, muscle, and strength
  • ​Low sex drive
  • Testicular shrinkage
  • ​Mood swings

These aren’t the only problems that stem from estrogen dominance, or having too much estrogen in the body. Stroke, prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction are other possible outcomes.

Additionally, gynecomastia and breast cancer can happen due to imbalanced hormones. There are also psychological issues that may surface because of embarrassment and anxiety.

What makes testosterone issues much more concerning is that some hesitate to talk to their doctors about it – even claiming that they’re perfectly healthy.

Don’t think twice about visiting your physician if you’re not feeling right, particularly if you’ve been noticing any of the symptoms we’ve listed above. You may also want to do regular blood tests for testosterone and estrogen for peace of mind:

​Testosterone is the hormone needed for the development of male sexual characteristics. Yet, it proves to be more than that as it regulates red blood cell production, as well as influences fats, muscles, and bone mass.

By using pregnenolone cream or pregnenolone supplements, the levels of the compound in the body increases, and this brings about various benefits such as fatigue relief, and delay of the aging process.
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​Fighting Against the Shrinkage

Will small testicles ever increase in size? Actually, shrinkage doesn’t have to be a permanent concern – you can effectively increase your balls’ size by doing these things:

  • Put an End to Bad Habits
    Quit smoking and cut the booze. As mentioned, maintaining any of these vices can cause your sperm volume to drop and prevent you from overcoming the issues brought forth by small testicles. 
  • Be Sure to Eat Healthy Food
    Eating zinc-rich food can increase your testosterone levels and prevent infertility. Zinc has a hormone-regulating effect and keeps nerve dysfunction from occurring.
  • Make It a Point to Get Enough Sleep
    Lack of sleep can lead to shifts in testosterone, reduce sperm count, and shrink the testicles. This is due to the fact that testosterone mainly gets produced during sleep.
  • Start the Habit of Massaging Your Balls
    Massaging the testicles can increase blood flow. The process is quite easy – just dip them in lukewarm water and rub them down with massage oils.

    Be sure to do it often and check for lumps, pain, or swelling. These are possible signs of testicular cancer, so it’s best to detect them early.
  • Protecting Your Testicles is a Priority
    Testicular pain can affect both testicle size and sperm count. If you’re engaged in high-level sports or any demanding physical activity, wear pads or cups that protect your package.
  • Steer Clear of Soy and Steroids
    Soy is healthy, but having too much of it can cause hormonal issues – soy is, after all, loaded with phytoestrogen. Meanwhile, abuse of steroids for improving performance can also make you suffer from small testicles.

There are no shortcuts in increasing your testicles. Whether you opt for surgery or supplements, the road to attaining a huge sack is long and hard.

​When to Visit Your Doctor

As we’ve said, if you notice testicular lumps, pain, or swelling during your quest for bigger balls, you should immediately go see a doctor to know what you’re dealing with. It could be a symptom of an underlying disease, something much more serious than a question of aesthetics.

Likewise, if you’re unsuccessfully trying to conceive with your wife, it’s necessary to seek advice from a physician. They’ll tell you what to do about your testicle size, if it’s indeed the cause of the issue. 

At the end of the day, size matters when it comes to your balls (and to an extent, your scrotum). Having small testicles isn’t just an embarrassing matter – it’s a sign that you need to start focusing more on your health.

Alex Eriksson (Research Analysis)

Alex Eriksson is the founder of Anabolic Health, a men’s health blog dedicated to providing honest and research-backed advice for optimal male hormonal health. Anabolic Health aspires to become a trusted resource where men can come and learn how to fix their hormonal problems naturally, without pharmaceuticals.

Ivan Kokhno (Editor)

Ivan is a medical doctor that has five years experience in researching and writing health-related content, SaaS companies, startups, motivation and self-growth resources. He also speak five languages. Therefore, he is able to research any topic five times better than the average writer.

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