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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


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If a testicle atrophies from an infection,and shrinks a significant amount(to about 1/3 size) Will it just stay that size or gradually shrink?

If a testicle atrophies from an infection,and shrinks a significant amount(to about 1/3 size) Will it just stay that size or gradually shrink?

Stay same or shrink: Variable. Mumps most common infection to cause shrinkage of testicle. Usually remains small & doesn't shrink further. Testicles can certainly shrink after an abscess. Uncommon to shrink after epididymitis which is the most common infection affecting a testicle. Testicle will shrink to nothing if it underwent infarction from missed torsion erroneously diagnosed as "infection". ...Read more

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If a testicle shrinks and gets sclerosis from an infection and is half size it was before can it still produce some testosterone? Just not as much now

If a testicle shrinks and gets sclerosis from an infection and is half size it was before can it still produce some testosterone? Just not as much now

No problem!: The amount of testosterone produced by the testes is regulated by other hormones (gonadotropins) secreted by the pituitary gland. There is a large reserve; one tenth the normal amount of testicular tissue is plenty to produce normal testosterone amounts and blood levels. So even losing an entire testicle doesn't change testosterone levels, and your sclerosis or shrinkage shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more

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Left testicle has shrunk to olive size...Should i be worried?

Left testicle has shrunk to olive size...Should i be worried?

See urologist ...: If indeed your testicular size have diminished for no reason, go to see urologist for detailed general / specific medical history, physical exam, and possible tests such testosterone / LH, etc. So doing will at least give you an assurance. And note: Online without a face-to-face interaction and a direct look and palpation on your testes can not generate the needed specific advice. Best wish ... ...Read more

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If a testicle atrophies from infection can that testicle still produce the same amount of testosterone even it shrunk half size?

If a testicle atrophies from infection can that testicle still produce the same amount of testosterone even it shrunk half size?

Testes: If only one testis is atrophied you might still have reasonable testosterone in the other testis. Have your doctor measure your testosterone level/ ...Read more

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What is the normal testicle size of a adult in CM ?Husbands left testicle length 2.99 width 1.7 depth. 1.9 right length 3.4 width 1.9 depth 1.9.

What is the normal testicle size of a adult in CM ?Husbands left testicle length 2.99 width 1.7 depth. 1.9 right length 3.4 width 1.9 depth 1.9.

Some variability: Average/normal testicular size for alduts is about 2 inches in length & about 0.9 - 1.2 inches in width and breadth. 2.99" & 3.4", assuming your husband's testicular measurements are in inches would be very large, or small if measurements in centimeters. Should consult a urologist if testes enlarged after puberty, in case he has a testicular malignancy. Benign enlargement ?Due to hydrocele fluid. ...Read more

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Is it normal that my right testicle is half the size of my left in width?

May be normal: Your notes indicate that you have already been evaluated by a urologist, so I would defer to his opinion. Sometimes there may have been damage to one testicle (the smaller one) or there may be a water collection (hydrocele) or hernia around the larger testicle. Sometimes people are just asymmetric for no particular reason. ...Read more

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