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A 21-year-old male asked:

I recently had orchitis in my left testicle and the size atrophied a pretty decent amount after the infection. i want to bring it back to normal size, i read online hcg is used to stimulate growth in boys with hypogonadism. also, men that shrink testicles

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Dr. Marius Frasie
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
DON'T DO IT: JUST SEE A DOCTOR , UROLOGIST OR ENDOCRINOLOGIST BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING.
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Dr. James Lin
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Urology 53 years experience
Here's some...: Testicular atrophy after healed orchitis could not be restored, but the remaining normal one will take over to compensate the lost function of the infected. So, before jump, seek professional evaluation and counseling timely. Such work can be done easily.
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