Testicular Health | What You Need to Know

Published: Feb 16, 2024
Edited by: Marce Ferreira

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Keeping the testicles healthy and functional is crucial for proper testosterone secretion, a physiological process that’s key to male sexual health and secondary male characteristics.

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Apart from the above, the testicles produce sperm — the male reproductive cells — which is of course indispensable for fertility in men.

One of the most important factors for optimal testicular health and function is a proper blood circulation to the scrotum and testes so that important nutrients and other bodily substances (such as hormones) can reach, but also leave the testicles and scrotal area.

Some means to achieve and maintain a proper blood circulation are regular exercise, massage therapy, bodywork, avoiding too tight underwear, and a healthy diet.

There are also a variety of other factors that can contribute to healthy testicles, such as:

  • Protecting the testicles against injury and trauma when playing sports or when participating in other vigorous activities;
  • Taking proper precautions when cycling (as cycling can cause testicular pain, rupture, or torsion);
  • Handling the scrotum and testicles gently and with care;
  • Keeping the genital area clean by washing yourself thoroughly and often, and wearing clean underwear and clothing;
  • Practicing safe sex to prevent sexually transmitted diseases;
  • Quit smoking; studies suggest a close link between smoking cigarettes and testicular cancer;
  • Consuming healthy food that’s rich in antioxidants;
  • Regular Testicular Self-Examination (TSE) to become aware of possible issues so that you can timely consult a healthcare provider.

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