Are my testicles too small?


If your testicles are significantly smaller than average, consider the following possible causes:

  • An undescended testicle. Your testicle may not have developed fully because it didn’t descend correctly in childhood.
  • Hormone imbalances (possibly as a result of hypogonadism). If your body does not produce enough of certain hormones, your testes will not ramp up testosterone production.
  • High exposure to female sex hormones. You may have been exposed to significant amounts of estrogen.
  • Klinefelter Syndrome. An extra copy of the X chromosome will result in smaller testicles (usually up to 6 ml). If only a part of your cells have an extra X chromosome, you may suffer from mosaic Klinefelter Syndrome. Your testicles may be 6-15 ml in size. Use the orchidometer app to find out if it could be Klinefelter Syndrome.
  • Testicular atrophy. A testicle that is smaller than 12 ml can be considered to be atrophied.

Bigger testicles

There isn’t a one-fits-all solution for small testicles. Taking fish oil supplements may result in a small increase in testicle size. Getting enough exercise and eating a healthy diet will maximise your testicular volume.

If you are noticing a sginificant change in testicle size, contact your doctor for a medical exam. A doctor may prescribe medications such as HCG or Clomid to stimulate your testicles to produce more testosterone.

Are you still unhappy with your testicle size? Some plastic surgeons offer surgery with implants to increase the size of your testicles.

You can also get a Scrotox procedure, where botox is injected into the scrotum. This will not enlarge the testicles, but it will make them look larger.


The silver lining

There are some upsides to having smaller testicles. It does not necessarily impact fertility or testosterone levels. In fact, having ‘small balls’ may even have some benefits.

One study showed that having small testicles is associated with being a better father. Small testicles can also visually enhance the size of your ‘package’. Only when your testicles are smaller than 15 ml (around 1.4 inches or 3.5 cm in width), testosterone production could be affected.

To find out if your testicles are smaller than 15 ml, use the orchidometer app for iPhone.

The Orchidometer app
Find out if you suffer from testicular atrophy or Klinefelter Syndrome with the Orchidometer app (available on the App Store)

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