Are saggy balls normal? Everyone wonders from time to time whether they are “normal” or not, and saggy balls are no exception. So keep reading.
Some men relish the thought of having a big set of testicles, but others aren’t so pleased with their low hangers. It’s normal for your scrotum to change size depending on the temperature, during puberty, and later in life. But what if you feel like yours are particularly saggy balls?
Your testicles are precious. They are the source that produces spermatozoa and testosterone. Not to mention they create life. If you retained your memories from biology class *or pay any attention to your own balls*, then you already know balls fluctuate in length. When you’re hot, your testicles will loosen up and hang low. When you’re cold, they’ll shrivel up and snuggle into your body to get a little heat going on.
Society reassures us that there is no such thing as “normal” when it comes to the human body. That’s sweet and all, but it doesn’t really give you a clear answer about what your boys are supposed to look like. Truthfully, testicle and scrotum size vary from person to person. Some have small balls, and some have great balls of fire.
That being said, the average testicle size measured at the most common temperature of 35 degrees Celsius is:
While some of these reasons may seem trivial, there are definitely some legitimate worries about saggy balls. No one wants to feel uncomfortable with their bodies. No man wants his penis to appear smaller than it is. And finally, no one in their right mind wants their sexual partner to find something odd or funny-looking about their body.
Here the lowdown on low-hanging balls.
Do girls care about saggy balls?
Women care about testicle appearance about as much as men care about the upcoming Gilmore Girls movie on Netflix. So it’s rare, but it happens. On average, unless your balls are hanging down to your knees, the odds are your lover isn’t going to care or even notice. All she cares about is that your balls are shaven and clean. [Read: What do women really think about your penis?]
What causes saggy balls?
If your testicles fall a little lower than other guys, you might be concerned that there’s a medical reason they aren’t up and at ‘em. Here’s a list of the most common reasons for having droopy testicles.
#1 Hot and cold. Temperature is the biggest factor in why your balls may sag or appear lower than normal. Heat makes them sag and cold makes them shrivel up. The scrotum will grow to help release heat.
#3 Parents. Genetics may also have a direct effect on how big your testicles and their sack are going to be. Have a pair of low hangers? One awkward conversation with your old man may clear up whether this is a case of genetics or your own special situation. Good luck with that one.
#4 Sack stretching. Testicle tugging is a thing. We didn’t want to believe it, but it’s true. Tutorials online abound with special techniques for extending the length of the scrotum. The method is said to work quickly and is nearly impossible to reverse. We suggest staying far, far away from this exercise.
Dangers of low-hanging testicles
That being said, there are some things to keep in mind if the state of your testicles is keeping you up at night. Here are some reasons your balls may be hanging lower than usual and what long testicles might mean for your health. [Read: 7 sexy things to love about an uncircumcised penis]
#1 Heart disease. One 2013 study found that of the 2,800 male participants, those with bigger balls has a higher risk of developing heart disease. This is largely in part due to the luteinizing hormone that helps produce testosterone, which has been linked to heart disease.
#2 Scrotal hernia. There’s a phrase you don’t hear every day. A scrotal hernia does not occur because of low-hanging testicles, but rather may be the cause of them. Symptoms include swelling around the testicles, pressure or a heavy sensation in the groin, or a bulge in your pubic area.
#3 Varicoceles. Having varicoceles means that your scrotum contains enlarged veins. This is usually a painless and benign occurrence that occurs in 10 out of 100 men. Basically, it’s the equivalent to having a varicose vein on your thigh, just… in your sack. Varicoceles will raise your body temperature and make your balls hang. [Read: Why are so many men obsessed with their penis size?]
#4 The “C” word. Of course, any enlarged or swollen testicle may be the sign of a lump, or testicular cancer. Perform regular testicular exams to make sure that bag only has two balls in it!
What to do about your low-hanging scrotum
If your low-hanging scrotum is really and truly bothering you, go visit your doctor as soon as possible and have them do a scrotal exam to make sure you’re fit and healthy. Here are some other ways to handle your long balls.
#1 Accept them. You only get one set of balls, so why get hung up on how big, small, tight, or long they are? These bad boys are responsible for making life!
#2 Wear special undies. There is special underwear designed to give more support to those with bigger, heavier, longer balls than the rest of the world. Look into these tight briefs to add some support to your wardrobe.
#3 Go under the knife. One pricey option is to have a scrotal lift. This procedure is usually called a scrotal reduction, scrotal tightening, or a Scrotoplasty. This is a routine procedure that will have you healed up quickly, with much less ball bag to worry about.
There you have it. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about saggy balls. Unless you are suffering from an illness that affects your scrotum, we say “learn to love those saggy balls!” Odds are you’re the only one who even notices them.
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