What Can Be Done for Immature Testes in Adulthood?
Q: My right testicle is about half the size of my left. My right one did not descend until my early teens and never grew to the size of my left. I regularly check them for lumps or any differences and I’ve not found any changes. I feel conscious about it. What options do I have such as removal and implant. Thank you.
You could have opted for hormonal therapy in your childhood. Hormones when taken early in life are likely to promote development of genital organs.
Since one of your testicles is normally developed, there should be no fertility issue. One normal testicle is enough for sperm production.
Do you have any other associated genital problems, like-
- Low level of testosterone (male hormone)
- Underdeveloped penis, scrotal sac
- Erection problems
In case you have any of the above associated problems, you require evaluation and treatment.
A single immature testes should not be worrisome.
Once you are already an adult, nothing can be done to make it normal again. So, hormonal therapies won’t work now.
You may visit a doctor and get it examined. Doctors may advise to let it remain as such or get it excised surgically.
Benefits of Surgical Excision
Surgical excision is suggested because of the following reasons-
- Such an immature testes has a tendency to become malignant with age.
- Risk of torsion or twisting of the testicle.
- This organ is not useful now. It is prone to get infected.
In case you don’t go for surgical excision, it would be necessary to examine it regularly.
Be watchful for any cancerous changes. If you notice any change in texture, from soft to firm or hard, your need to go to a doctor immediately.