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Small Testes (Definition)

Testicular size widely varies among adult males with an average volume of some 31 ml-maybe ranging from 12 to 55 ml as empirically calculated with a formula of D1 x D2 x D3 x 0.71. In general, the size does not matter as long as being adequate for developing male sex characteristics, maintaining sex desire and energy for daily living, and producing ...Read more


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Hi, I am having testosterone levels of 350 ng/dL which dropped from 470 in one year. I have small testicles (12 and 11 ml). Can they be responsible?

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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Hi, I am having testosterone levels of 350 ng/dL which dropped from 470 in one year. I have small testicles (12 and 11 ml). Can they be responsible?

Unlikely: 1st Q: why were levels checked? Typically, there's no reason to check T level in 20-21yo such as yourself. 2nd Q: what time was blood drawn? T level varies w/time of day, higher in AM & lower in PM. Recommendation: discuss your concerns w/ordering physician. If you have normal male sexual characteristics then don't worry about testicle size. With normal T levels, chances are everything else norma ...Read more

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I have been masturbating last 5 years once every day and now I feel like my one testicle is smaller than other is it ok or should I consult a doctor?

I have been masturbating last 5 years once every day and now I feel like my one testicle is smaller than other is it ok or should I consult a doctor?

Not related: One smaller testicle has likely been present since after you went through puberty. Left testicle can be smaller due to a varicocele (feels like a "beg of worms") or an incompletely descended testis up at neck of scrotum can be smaller ; worth consulting a urologist. However many men have one testicle smaller than other for no reason or if they had groin surgery or mumps. Likely not a problem. ...Read more

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One white small pimple formed in my testicle for 2 months, what is this?

One white small pimple formed in my testicle for 2 months, what is this?

Just a skin pimple: Do you mean pimple is on the scrotum?
Testicle is hidden in scrotal sac and is not
visible, how did you see the color?

Pimples form on skin, since scrotum is a skin
it can occur. It could be like a 'blackhead'
can be squeezed, or see a professional
if you have no fund, go to the city/county
health-dept. ...Read more

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What could the small extension next to one of my testicles be? The size hasn't changed since I noticed it as a kid and doesn't feel any different.

What could the small extension next to one of my testicles be? The size hasn't changed since I noticed it as a kid and doesn't feel any different.

Epididymis.: To be reassuring, what you are describing sounds like an epididymal cyst, a very common, benign, and non-cancerous condition. Masses outside of the testicle itself are rarely malignant. However, I recommend you get an exam to make sure it is not something that may warrant a testicular ultrasound. I applaud your use of testicular self examinations. Continue them to see if you notice any changes. ...Read more

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My husnand recently noticed a small lump in one of his testicle. Is it cancer? What should he do?

My husnand recently noticed a small lump in one of his testicle. Is it cancer? What should he do?

Needs to see Dr.: Any hard lump on testicle is suspicious for cancer & needs to be checked ASAP. Soft or non-hard lumps such as cyst/s are usually benign. Scrotal ultrasound is usually diagnostic. Good Luck ...Read more

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I can feel that there is a small swelling in one of my testicles. My age is 63 yrs, normal built, not diabetic. Help?

I can feel that there is a small swelling in one of my testicles. My age is 63 yrs, normal built, not diabetic. Help?

It may have: Been there all your life, but if you think you have discovered a new swelling in your testicle you need to be examined by your doctor soon. It's better to err on the side of safety. ...Read more

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I can feel a small straw size vein on right side of testicle and tender to touch. No bag of warms only one vein swells& tender to touch. What is it?

Epididymitis: Sounds like possibly epididymitis - infection of the epididymis. You need antibiotics to treat this. Testicular infections that are untreated can potentially lead to sterility. ...Read more

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One of my testicles is damaged (became very small and shapeless) I feel my self physically and mentally lazy and dull. Is it cfs? What should I do?

Two Testicles: One does not need both testicles. There is plenty of hormone production with only one active testicle. Your symptoms sound like malnutrition and poor protein consumption. You deserve a full medical evaluation with blood testing. ...Read more

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Can a very small varicoele cause discomfort when standing for long periods of time? I was told only big ones do, but I always get that heavy feeling on one testicle if I stand for a few hours. I have a grade one varicocele. Does this make sense/ normal?

Can a very small varicoele cause discomfort when standing for long periods of time? I was told only big ones do, but I always get that heavy feeling on one testicle if I stand for a few hours. I have a grade one varicocele. Does this make sense/ normal?

Unusual & unlikely: Small varicoceles are not usually associated with discomfort. However there are always exceptions to almost any rule. Treatment would depend upon how much this bothers you. Alternative is live with it & accept discomfort or sit down if this is possible. ...Read more

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I have a rather small lump on one of my testicles and with little pressure on it it hurts. I'm not sure how long I've had it. Should I be worried?

I have a rather small lump on one of my testicles and with little pressure on it it hurts. I'm not sure how long I've had it. Should I be worried?

NO if you see a MD: Any testicular mass needs clinical evaluation by a physician, once cleared by your doctor, then you don't have to worry ...Read more

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I noticed a small bump on one testicle, about the size of a pinhead, or smaller. Just appeared recently. Could this be start of testicular cancer?

I noticed a small bump on one testicle, about the size of a pinhead, or smaller. Just appeared recently. Could this be start of testicular cancer?

Could be: Any new abnormalty shouldn be checked nout by a physician. See a doctor and possibly have a ultrasound, do not wait. You are in the right age when testicular cancer is prevalent still/. ...Read more

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What could a dull ache in one testicle be? It has a small lump previously diagnosed as benign via ultrasound.

What could a dull ache in one testicle be? It has a small lump previously diagnosed as benign via ultrasound.

Urologist: It is reassuring that the ultrasound was ok, but the urologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you. The dull ache may be due to mild, chronic epididymitis and follow-up with a urologist is a good idea because of the ongoing testicular discomfort. ...Read more

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I have a small lump under the top portions of the epididymis on the testicle. It is present on both but the right one has a small balloon covering.

I have a small lump under the top portions of the epididymis on the testicle. It is present on both but the right one has a small balloon covering.

Here are some...: Glad the concerned spots are in eipididymides, commonly seen, and benign - not cancer. The surest way to handle them is do nothing if not incurring unbearable mental and physical pain and anguish because surgical removal leaves the affected area with a scar and potentially affecting sperm transportation leading to infertility. More? Seek evaluation & counseling. Best wish to health... ...Read more

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Normal ultrasound on testicles one week ago. Small lump has appeared since three days. What r chances it is cancerous?

Normal ultrasound on testicles one week ago. Small lump has appeared since three days. What r chances it is cancerous?

Observation: You should be follow by your Doctor and if lump growing have biopsy to find the cause so be treated. ...Read more

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Have one large boil like bump below testicles and a small rash with a yellow pus close to the anus. Haven't had sex in about 2 months.

Have one large boil like bump below testicles and a small rash with a yellow pus close to the anus. Haven't had sex in about 2 months.

Need more info: It's unlikely that this has anything to do with sexual intercourse.Please get an appt with a urologist as you probably have an infection that needs immediate attention. ...Read more

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What causes one enlarged testicle?

What causes one enlarged testicle?

Possible tumor: A hard enlarged testicle is cancer until proven otherwise. Soft enlargement of the scrotum can be due to a hydrocele (fluid around the testis) also both can coexist. Have your dr. Order a scrotal ultrasound to find out. Testis tumors have a very high cure rate, but, the sooner they are diagnosed and treated the better. ...Read more

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Can diabeties cause one testicle to swell up?

Can diabeties cause one testicle to swell up?

Get it checked.: Diabetes does not cause swelling directly, but can predispose you to a number of conditions that could lead to scrotal swelling. Infections of a testicle or epididymis can cause warm, tender swelling on one side. Kidney damage, or diabetic nephropathy can lead to scrotal edema. If you have swelling of the scrotum, or feel new asymmetry between the testes, get checked by your physician. ...Read more

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What if one testicle hurts but not all the time?

See below: There are a variety reasons why a male may experience testicular discomfort (aka orchalgia) which are usually not serious, self-limiting, and/or treatable. Most important next step, especially if you have noticed any lumps or swelling, is to have a good urological exam to help establish cause of your discomfort and rule out the more serious possibilities: infection, testicular cancer, or hernia. ...Read more

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I have small tumour in my testicle. What I do now.

I have small tumour in my testicle. What I do now.

See doctor: It could be something benign like a cyst but the big concern is testicular cancer. Please see a doctor as soon as possible to make sure this is nothing serious. ...Read more

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I'm male 17 why has one of my testicle grown pea sized?

I'm male 17 why has one of my testicle grown pea sized?

Testicular atrophy: May have had testis torsion before birth or in infancy if always very small. Could be result of later torsion if testes used to be same size. U would have had an episode of severe testicular pain & swelling which lasted for a few days & resulted in demise of your testicle. Should see a urologist if this was the case because other testis may be at risk & require simple procedure to secure ...Read more

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Can a man with one left sided testicle have healthy babies?

Can a man with one left sided testicle have healthy babies?

Yes: It only takes one testical making fertile sperm to do the job. As long as the issue that led to the problems with the first did not involve the 2nd, the assumption would be normal function. A fertility center could verify the likely healthy state of the sperm. ...Read more

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Is it possible that my son was born with just one testicle?

Is it possible that my son was born with just one testicle?

Maybe: For that to happen, some event during pregnancy would have cut off the blood supply and it just self destructed. Testes originate near the kidneys and travel a lot during pregnancy. It is more likely still present somewhere between the lower abdomen and its proper position in the scrotum. An ultrasound can sometimes locate it. Then a pediatric urologist can retrieve and move it down. ...Read more

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My baby seems to have one swollen testicle. What should I do?

My baby seems to have one swollen testicle. What should I do?

See ur dr: This should always be checked out especially if it red and seems to hurt immediately. How ever the most like ly cause if it is not hurting or red is a hydrocele. It is seen quite frequently a collection of fluid around testicle it is benign might grow a little before it goes away usually gone by 1 yo or sooner. Nothing to worry about. ...Read more

Testicles (Definition)

The testicles are the two oval male gonads, or reproductive glands, located in the scrotum. The seminiferous tubules of the testis are the site of spermatogenesis and its leydig cells secrete testosterone. The term testicles is synonymous with testes or gonads. The singular form is ...Read more