Testicles.` A man's testicles are an important part of his body. They are necessary for health. They are necessary for muscle growth.`A brief lesson.` Leydig cells produce testosterone, which makes our muscles grow. Testicles are a common theme in humor. But they are not just a joke.`Testicle shrinkage.` This is a story about my testicles. I took anabolic steroids many years ago. These were prescribed by a doctor. And my testicles did shrink. `Fruit: `Eggs, grapes, blueberries. We often use fruit or food to describe the size of things.`After steroids, my balls were closer to grapes than eggs. I did not want to go around showing off my balls.`Some research.` Steroids make a man's testicles shrink in size. They become smaller. His underwear becomes looser. But usually the shrinkage is not profound. `This is the experience of one man receiving testosterone injections prescribed by a practicing endocrinologist.`Note 2: `The anabolic steroids were not abused or used for non-medical purposes. The medicine used included Depo-Testosterone.`Shrinkage.` Let us get back to my balls. At first when I took testosterone shots and Androgel, my testicles became tighter and smaller by a small amount. `First: `The shrinkage of my testicles was not profound. They did not hang as far down in my underwear.`It got worse.` The shrinkage progressed over the next year of testosterone shots. My balls continued to shrink in size. My testicles were the size of small grapes. `Final size: `My testicles were, when I finished the T shots, larger than raisins or peas. But they were smaller than eggs or walnuts.`Semen quality.` The quality and quantity of my ejaculate significantly decreased. When I ejaculated, only a small amount of fluid would appear. `Color: `I noticed the fluid was less white. It was clear. This was not normal for me.`This may have been a symptom of my balls shutting down. But the prostate is also involved in ejaculate fluid.`Scrotum.` The testosterone replacement therapy also caused loose skin on my scrotum. Before TRT, my testicles would fill out my scrotal sack. `After a year of TRT, my small testicles would not fill out the sack. There was a lot of loose scrotal skin.`I could grab several inches of it below my testes. This was not normal for me.`This was a strange sensation. It is not something I want to experience again.`Unhappy.` I was unhappy about the shrinkage of my testicles. When looking at myself in the mirror, it became apparent my testicles were much smaller. `Story: `It almost seemed like I had none at first glance because my penis would completely block them.`Depression: `For some men testicular shrinkage due to AAS can cause depression. It made me feel unhappy.`I was certainly not sexually interested. My testicles were this size before I had completed puberty.`Prevalence.` How common is testicular atrophy from taking anabolic steroids? One study surveyed men who used anabolic steroids for non-medical purposes. `So: `It reported the rate of testicular shrinkage to be more than 50%. So more than half of men have ball shrinkage.`Other side effects from the anabolic steroids were reported. These men were not using testosterone replacement therapy.`Quote: `Our findings suggest that steroid use among gay men may have serious consequences for both physical and mental health.`Use of anabolic steroids, associated health risks `http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11860391`Before, after.` There was a difference in the size of my testicles before and after testosterone injections. The testicles probably ended up about one third the size they originally were. `Testosterone Injections `steroids`Penis: `Steroids do not affect penis size. My penis was not affected by Androgel or Depo-Testosterone (testosterone cypionate).`Erections actually become harder when you become eugonadal—meaning your testosterone levels are normal for men your age.`Some notes.` It is important to have that sack hanging between our legs. When the temperature is warm it slaps against our thighs as we walk and move. `In a way we are emasculated when our balls shrink to a much smaller size. We feel less virile.`However: `For men with genuine medical problems, using testosterone is worthwhile. Low testosterone is a health problem.`It is not a lifestyle choice or something to endure. It is a disease condition.`Healthy men.` For men who are healthy, or near-healthy, having normal-sized balls in our shorts and filling our underwear is not something to deny ourselves. `Natural: `Using exercise and diet, even strict diet, to fix low T may be better overall.`Increase Testosterone `natural`Muscular body.` Synthetic testosterone has its uses. But it can lead to unhappiness too. I felt unhappy about the situation. I felt that I was doing something unnatural.`An ideal.` We all strive towards ideals. An ideal is a big sack full of testosterone-producing Leydig cells, resting against thick and strong legs. We can not all be ideal.`A personal note.` My steroid usage is likely a benefit to my muscle sizes. But I was given these drugs by a medical doctor (who is probably making a lot more money than you or me).`A choice.` I would not voluntarily take steroids again. But the benefits of testosterone, like increased muscle size and harder erections, are hard to deny. They have medical benefits.`Size recovery.` One last thing in this story about my balls. It is now many years since I took anabolic steroids. My balls are as large as ever. They recovered completely in size.`Research, white spots.` Vitiligo is a common skin condition, and one place where it first occurs is a man's balls. If you have a white spot on your testicles, read this research. `White Spots, Testicles `vitiligo-scrotum`Pain, right testicle.` Epididymitis and testicular torsion cause testicular pain—this is often a medical emergency. This can happen in the left testicle too. `Right Testicle Pain `right-testicle-pain`A summary.` Testosterone replacement therapy is a necessary medical treatment. It is prescribed by endocrinologists. I was fortunate that I only needed it a limited amount of time.`Unpleasant.` TRT was unpleasant and made my testicles shrink. The testicular shrinkage I experienced was rapid but not profound. But it was unwanted.
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