Testicle Massage Benefits For Testosterone Production

by Benjamin Bunting BA(Hons) PGCert

ben bunting BA(Hons) PgCert Sport & Exercise Nutriton  Written by Ben Bunting: BA(Hons), PGCert. Sport & Exercise Nutrition. L2 Strength & Conditioning Coach.

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Have you heard that massaging your testicles could increase testosterone secretion? It's also been touted to boost sperm and semen production, and increase sensitivity in the scrotum. You may be wondering how to get started! Read on to see whether we think you should start massaging your gonads.

Testicles Explained

Among the important parts of the male reproductive system, testicles are oval-shaped glands located in the scrotum. They produce male hormones, which include testosterone, responsible for sexual development, sex drive and fertility. These glands are not protected by bone or muscles, and therefore can be injured. They are important for storing sperm, which is important for reproduction.

Testicles occur in pairs in humans. Each one contains millions of tiny sperm cells when the testicle is fully mature. The sperm move to the epididymis, a long tube near each testicle. The epididymis is connected to a large duct called the vas deferens, which carries sperm from the testes to the urethra, where it is discharged during ejaculation.

Testicles can be injured in several ways. Testes can become inflamed, ruptured, or twisted, or they can be injured by an impact. If you suspect you have testicular torsion, you should see your doctor immediately. 

If you notice any swelling, you may be developing testicular cancer. This type of cancer is uncommon, but it is a serious disease. The symptoms include painless swelling and a change in the texture of the testicles. Symptoms are usually apparent between 15 and 40 years of age. Surgical removal of the testes is a treatment option. Testicular torsion is also a serious condition, and can affect any age.

Testicles and Testosterone

Throughout the male lifecycle, testosterone helps control the development of secondary male characteristics, such as a deep voice, muscle growth, and bone mass. It also plays a vital role in sperm development. It is produced by the testes and the adrenal glands in men. Testosterone has anabolic effects that promote muscle growth, strength, and energy. It also affects iron absorption and erythropoiesis.

The testicles begin secreting testosterone around seven months of gestation. After a few months, the testes begin developing into seminiferous tubules. Testes also produce a Mullerian-inhibiting substance that inhibits the growth of female reproductive structures.

When the body does not produce enough testosterone, the testes begin to shrink. Testosterone also has anabolic effects, promoting muscle mass and boosting iron absorption. However, testosterone levels tend to decline as men age. The exact rate at which testosterone declines is not well understood.

Symptoms of testosterone deficiency include reduced muscle mass, erectile dysfunction, infertility, and low bone density. Testicular neoplasms can also cause a low testosterone level. In addition, certain medications can cause testosterone deficiency, as can diseases of the pituitary gland.

Low testosterone levels can also increase the risk of coronary artery disease. This is because the body's ability to absorb blood sugar is decreased.

Massaging may increase testosterone production

It is widely acknowledged that having a healthy testosterone level is essential for sexual health and vitality. Like with tissue massage, testicle massage may have a number of benefits, including increased blood circulation, clearance of chi points, and potentially hormone production.

Although it might seem uncomfortable, you should not feel any pain during the process. While some men do experience slight pressure during the massage, it's typically short-lived and transient. 

So, what's the evidence?

A 1993 study that was published by the Archives of Andrology journal found that mechanical compression may result in a rise of testosterone. This was using a mechanical pneumatic cuff, something you wouldn't like to get wrong!

Unfortunately, we couldn't find any more evidence from reputable sources other than that one study. If massaging your testicles was truly effective, it would probabaly certain that there wouldn't be any shortage of voluteers to help with further study.

Considering there's a lack of evidence to suggest that it is effective, it's probabaly safe to say that this isn't a quick and easy way to improve your testosterone production. 

Does it increases sperm and semen production?

It is surmised that testicle massaging can enhance ejaculation, while improving the quality of sperm and semen.

However, sperm count is affected by genetics, diet, and lifestyle factors. Despite this, there is no proof that testicular massage has any measurable effect on sperm count.

Aside from its alledged sperm-boosting benefits, testicle massage may also improves urinary tract health.  A massage may also improve sexual health and helps you detect any lumps that may be present.

Will it increase sensitivity of the scrotum?

Tantrikas were vocal about their proclaimed benefits of testicle massage. They believed that it had major effects on the circulation of sexual energy and abundance of sex hormones. 

However, there isn't any conclusive evidence that suggests testicle massaging improves or increases the sensitivity of the scrotum. 

Are there any conclusive benefits?

The Amercian Cancer Society estimates that 1 in every 250 males will develop testicular cancer in their lives. 

In addition, Cancer Research UK state that nearly all men survive the disease with 95% of survivors living for 5 years after diagnosis and 90% suriving for 10 years post diagnosis. 

Early diagnosis is key, and will dramatically help your survival rate. 

The easiest way to do this is by self examination, and the best time to do this is after a bath or a shower as the scrotum skin is the most relaxed and soft.

You can do this by checking each testicle at a time. Slowly massage each testicle and see if you can feel or identify any lumps or pea sized bumps. 

Conclusion

So, does massaging your testicles offer any benefit towards testosterone production?

It is unlikely. There's very little available evidence, and the only positive outcome was one study which used pneumatic sleeves to apply pressure to each testicle. 

In fact there's very little evidence that testicle massaging will improve sexual function or sperm health. 

However, massaging your testicles may help identify symptoms that could be testicular cancer. 

Remember, the rates of testicular cancer are high, but so is the survival rate, you just need to get it diagnosed as early as possible, and checking your testicles for unusal lumps on a regular basis could save your life. 

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