It’s a question we’ve all surely asked ourselves, or have been asked by someone else, at one time or another: “Do I have normal balls?” The answer, it turns out, is probably “No.”
Don’t panic just yet! That’s more of a technical, weaselly answer than it sounds like. The reason you don’t have normal balls is not because your balls are abnormal, necessarily, but more because it doesn’t seem like there is really any such thing as “normal balls”. The vast majority of the time, it is well within the bounds of healthfulness to have droopy, wrinkly, lopsided, differently sized, big, small, hairy, smooth, etc. balls and/or sacks. We’re all different! That’s part of the wonder of life, or something. From Elite Daily:
Testicles are like snowflakes: No two are exactly alike. According to [New York Urology Specialist] Dr. Shteynshlyuger, your beans are actually most likely to be different sizes. If you notice a small variation in volume, it’s nothing to be worried about. It’s just kind of the way your body grows.
That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be aware of changes in your body. Your testicles, like the rest of your various parts, are capable of giving you information if you only know how to speak their language. Significant or sudden changes in their shape or size is one way your body has of telling you that there could be something wrong. , again:
Significant variation in size is a concern during adolescence. When it’s a problem, it’s usually obvious; when things are changing, that is a concern. If all of a sudden one is growing bigger, that could be a problem like hydrocele, hernia, inflammation from infection and trauma. When there is any big change, you should see a urologist.
And yes, Dr. Shteynshluger explains, your family jewels can get tangled.
For more information on normal balls, check out Elite Daily’s interview with Dr. Shteynshlyuger. And since it will likely spur you to check out your balls more often, you can read our guide about how to do that here.Get your balls in the game! Donate to the Sean Kimerling Foundation to win the battle against testicular cancer.