Size DOES Matter! What Your Testicles Reveal About Your Health

eggsThe testicles (better known informally as balls) play a critical role in the male reproductive system. These two small, but important organs a little less than the size of a golf ball hold some crucial functions. The testes, found in the testicles, produce testosterone which leads to sperm production.

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Male infertility may not be talked about much, but research has shown that 90% of male infertility issues stem from not being able to produce enough sperm. But, infertility isn’t the only concern or reason to know what’s going on in the love below. Bigger isn’t always better.

Why Size Matters

Size does matter when it comes to your testicles, and it’s important for you to know whether yours are healthy. Lumps, swelling or pain may be a sign of unhealthy testes. While it’s normal for one testicle to be bigger than the other, there should only be a slight difference.

Large testes could mean:

Heart Problems: The sex organs are connected to the heart after all, but for men with larger testes not in a good way. A 2013 study found that men with larger testes had a higher risk of developing heart disease. Researchers believe this could be linked to having more of the luteinizing hormone, responsible for stimulating the production of testosterone.

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Testicular Cancer: According to the American Cancer Society, testicular cancer can occur in a man of any age, but is most prevalent in men between the ages of 20 and 34. A typical symptoms of testicular cancer is a painless lump on or in a testicle. The testicle may also be larger in size without a lump being present. Most tumors in the testes are painless, but sometimes there can be pain associated with the tumor. Other commonly reported signs of testicular cancer include a dull or aching feeling in the scrotum or lower abdominal area. In rare cases, a man’s breast may grow or become sore because of increased levels of the hormones. Decreased sexual desire can occur earlier as well.

If testicular cancer has spread to other areas of the body an individual can be symptomless or they may experience lower back pain indicating the presence of cancer in the lymph nodes. Chest pain, coughing, including coughing up blood, are other symptoms.