Testicular Shrinkage & Testosterone Therapy
Does testosterone therapy really result in testicular shrinking? And can a man really reverse the harmful effects of TRT and increase the size of his testicles? Well, first of all, testosterone therapy for men is intended to be a low-impact solution for various symptoms of low testosterone, including mood swings, lower energy leves and reduced libido. I say intended, because like so many other go-to treatments from big pharma, the actual impact can be serious. Among the many side effects (see below), it can (ironically) make your testicles shrink.
That’s the bad news. The good news here is that Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is often unnecessary, and that you can reduce the damage with natural treatments to increase testosterone. Let’s look at how.
What’s So Bad About TRT?
Testosterone Replacement Therapy is basically giving you extra testosterone from outside your body to make up for the lack of testosterone your body produces on its own.
Think of it as similar to how a type 1 diabetic injects insulin because his pancreas no longer makes enough. Sounds good in theory, right? Sure, in theory. Thing is, your body produces testosterone in response to the levels of testosterone it detects. In a healthy body, you produce enough testosterone to meet the demand, then stop until levels are low enough to demand more testosterone.
If you’re taking TRT, it creates a destructive feedback situation. Your body isn’t producing enough testosterone on its own. You inject testosterone, raising your internal testosterone levels. Detecting the extra testosterone, your body produces even less than it did before. Which means you have to increase your doses. Which makes your body produce even less.
Among the things that happen when your body more or less shuts down its production of testosterone, is testicle shrinkage. That’s right. Your balls get smaller. Other common side effects of TRT include:
• Rash and itching, at the site the testosterone is applied
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• Water retention
• Mood swings
• Estrogen spikes
• Gynecomastia (the dreaded “man boobs”)
• Blood clots Ironically, you’ll notice some of these symptoms are the exact same things that TRT is intended to prevent. Abnormal prostate growth, prostate cancer, congestive heart failure and sleep apnea are among the more serious, but less common, side effects.
To make matters worse, once you’re on TRT your doctor will keep you on for life.
The same vicious cycle I mentioned earlier means you need to stay on the stuff because it shuts down your ability to make testosterone naturally. If your start the treatments at age 30 (a common age for onset of low testosterone), and live to the average male life expectancy of 78, you’ll be using drugs continually for nearly 50 years. That’s the bad and the ugly about testosterone replacement therapy. So what’s the good?
You Can Reverse the Impact Of Testosterone Therapy And Testicular Shrinkage
Drug companies aren’t stupid. TRT makes you need TRT for the rest of your life, because it kills your body’s ability to make its own testosterone. Unless you do something about it. Specifically, you can reverse testicular atrophy with Clomid, HCG, or both. Clomid (clomiphene citrate)is a fertility drug taken by both men and women who are having difficulty conceiving.
This has a cascading impact on libido, sperm production, sperm motility and sperm quality. It works by blocking estrogen production at the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. Lower estrogen doesn’t create more testosterone, but makes what testosterone you do have more effective.
Because of these impacts, Clomid has been prescribed as an alternative to TRT in recent years. Note that Clomid is currently only FDA approved for female infertility, though studies from outside the USA confirm the impact in men. HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotrop) is a hormone which mimics the luteinizing hormones partially responsible for healthy tissue and function in your testicles. It’s also used as a treatment for male infertility, causing a similar increase in testosterone production albeit via a different method than Clomid.
Until recently, some doctors believed that HCG worked only on younger men, since 2006 research has shown it to be effective at all ages. It’s not all sunshine and roses here, though. Side effects of Clomid include blurred vision, permanent vision damage, tender nipples, headache, depression and sleep trouble. Side effects of HCG include headache, mood swings, fatigue, depression, swelling in the feet, ankles and hands, and Gynecomastia. It’s not usually a great idea to replace an invasive Big Pharma protocol with a different Big Pharma protocol.
The Better Plan For Increasing Testosterone Naturally…
Is to skip the TRT altogether, opting instead for natural routes to appropriate testosterone production and healthy testicles. If you read 100 different websites, you’ll get 100 different answers as to the best ways to do this. A few of my favorite, personally-tested, natural routes to healthy testosterone production include:
• Getting more exercise, especially sprinting and heavy weight training
• Reducing stress in your life, or at least engaging in daily stress relief activities like meditation, exercise (again), and time with friends and loved ones
• Increase vitamin D, whether you do it be going outside more or taking a Vitamin D supplement
• Reduce your exposure to BPAs and other agents that contain estrogenic compounds
• Either stop drinking alcohol or reduce your intake to moderate amounts
• Get 8 hours of solid, restful sleep every night
Conclusion About TRT Dangers And Testicle Shrinkage
If you’re experiencing low testosterone, opt for natural routes to increasing your testosterone production and keeping your testicles hanging happily. Do this instead of testosterone replacement therapy. If you’re already on TRT, you may have to take HCG or Clomid for a while to get your testicles performing well enough for natural remedies to work.
Once they are operating at that level, switch to just the natural methods and stay off the TRT.
Of course, you can take on the natural testicle health methods even while you’re on TRT or before you experience any symptoms of low testosterone. They’re not only good for your testicular health, they’re good for your health in general.
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