Many people find that their testicles have shrunk during the recent times. It may cause confusion and embarrassment. Let’s find out how you can eliminate the causes of testicular shrinkage.
Get more sleep
Getting some sound sleep during the night is very much important for your overall health. If you are not getting enough sleep, it may result from due to lack of sleep. A study conducted by the University of Southern Denmark found that there is a link between testicles size and quality of sleep. People who are sleep deprived generally have lower testosterone levels, reduced sperm count and suffer from testicle shrinkage. Such people may suffer from insomnia, staying up late, inconsistent sleep, waking up often another search sleep problems.
Protect the testicles
You need to protect your testicles and avoid any possible direct impact on them. They have the most pain receptors concentrated in the human body and the nerves extend to the ears, groin and stomach. Because they hang outside of the body, they are not generally protected by muscles and bones and so providing safeguard to them becomes more important. It becomes easier for them to be struck, kicked, hit or crushed. Such risks are more in contact sports.
If there is a trauma to the scrotum, it can result in testicular atrophy and following the injury it can result in testicular shrinkage. If you are an athlete and you take part in contact sports, you should be very careful about protecting your testicles. Use all the safety measures available for protecting your testicles.
Reduce alcohol intake
If you love wine, beer or liquor, probably you should think again because booze can result in shrinkage of the testicles. Chronic alcohol consumption can cause Leydig cell shape and function changes. Alcohol may also shrink the testicular seminiferous tubules. Alcohol may also be the result of testicular cell death. All these processes may result in testicular shrinkage.
If you stop drinking alcohol completely your testicles may grow and regain their full size.
Aluminium may result in testicular shrinkage. It is found in different household and common items such as food and beverage cans, pots and pans, siding and roofing, foil, antacids, buffered aspirin, astringents, cosmetics, antiperspirants, flour and baking powder, coloring agents, anti-caking agents etc. aluminium may also be present in water treatment, utensils, pharmaceuticals and food additives.
If there is overexposure to aluminium, low sperm count, infertility and shrinkage of testicles may happen. According to a study published in the International Journal of toxicology and applied pharmacology, oxidative stress in the testicles due to aluminium exposure can cause cell death and as a result testicles may shrink.
Always choose aluminium free products like aluminium free deodorant, personal care products, antacids etc.
Stop using steroids
If you are using steroids, probably this is the time to stop it. Testicular atrophy, which is also known as shrinking balls, are commonly associated with steroid use. Using male sex hormone testosterone steroids can result in this problem. Athletes and bodybuilders often abuse it and as a result they suffer from decreased sperm count, baldness, breast development, higher risk of prostate cancer, and shrinkage of testicles.
Stop smoking weed
With has a direct impact on the reproductive hormones. Chronic marijuana use may result in lower testosterone levels and shrinkage of testicles. When cannabis extract was administered in rodents and dogs, shrinkage of testicles were seen.
When you smoke weed regularly, it will lower your testosterone levels and it can cause testicular atrophy. If you are chronic smoker, you can simply see the results by stopping for a few days.