Will Steroids Shrink My Balls?
As a Men's Health reader, a (likely) gym-goer and a man with an invested interest in health and fitness, you've likely come across the topic of steroids.
Juicing, doping, injecting — you've probably got a few questions that you want answering. And there's one that gets asked more than others... will steroid use shrink my testicles?
(Related: How to tell if someone is using steroids)
In a word, yes. Steroids will shrink your testicles. And here's why.
By juicing, you're skyrocketing your testosterone levels, throwing your hormonal balance way off-kilter. Your body, as a response, will shut down natural testosterone production, which leads to smaller, less-active (and frankly pre-pubescent) nuts. Sorry.
But they can go back to normal.
Depending on how long the course is, a guy's testicles can return to normal once steroids are out of the question. Of course, this depends on the length, intensity and duration of the user's steroid cycle.
Speaking to MensFitness.com, Dr. Ed Sebanegh, M.D., the department chair of urology at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, said: “Our body has feedback mechanisms, so it senses a guy’s levels of male hormones and uses that to decide whether it needs to ‘turn down the thermostat,’ so to speak, or if it has enough on its own. When a guy uses these drugs, his body ‘turns down the thermostat,’ and it turns off the androgen production in the testicles."
What's more, a study from the Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics at Cardiff Royal Infirmary found that 40 per cent of a 100-person test pool reported testicular atrophy as a side-effect of a steroid cycle.
(Related: Why Britain is being crippled by a steroid epidemic)
Naturally, there is a correlation between the length of a course and the time that testicles remain suppressed. Providing the steroids were used in a safe format, normal hormone production will begin to kick in once the course is finished, with testicle size going back to normal size within a month.
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