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How will your scrotum change as you age?

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Its job is to manage the temperature of your testes. It’s lined with smooth muscle that contracts and relaxes to pull your testicles close to your body to keep them warm or let them drop away and cool off. As you get older, the muscles don’t work as well, and your scrotum stays in a more slackened position. Combine that with your skin’s natural decline in elasticity, and the sagging gets worse. If you’re over 40, a hydrocele can also make your scrotum sag. It happens when fluid builds up around one or both testicles. Maybe your body makes too much liquid, or perhaps it can’t drain well. It’s generally painless. If you notice swelling or feel any discomfort, see your doctor.

SOURCES:

Kidshealth.org: “Male Reproductive System.”

Mayo Clinic: “Can testosterone therapy promote youth and vitality?” “Hydrocele.”

Abraham Morgentaler, MD, director and founder, Men’s Health Boston; author, The Truth About Men and Sex, Henry Holt and Co., 2013.

Irwin Goldstein, MD, director, sexual medicine, Alvarado Hospital; director, San Diego Sexual Medicine.

University of Rochester: “Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (Blood).”

Mayo Clinic: “Test ID: SHBG.”

Sexual Medicine Society of North America: “A Man’s Penis Changes with Age.”

UpToDate: “Peyronie's disease: Diagnosis and medical management.”

Journal of Electron Microscopy Technique: “Ultrastructure of the aging human testis.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Hormone replacement, the male version.”

OrthoInfo:”Effects of Aging.”

Urology: “Penile sensitivity in men: a composite of recent findings.”

Archives of Sexual Behavior: “Aging and sexual function in men.”

Urologic Nursing: “Erectile Dysfunction in the Older Adult Male.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 1, 2019

SOURCES:

Kidshealth.org: “Male Reproductive System.”

Mayo Clinic: “Can testosterone therapy promote youth and vitality?” “Hydrocele.”

Abraham Morgentaler, MD, director and founder, Men’s Health Boston; author, The Truth About Men and Sex, Henry Holt and Co., 2013.

Irwin Goldstein, MD, director, sexual medicine, Alvarado Hospital; director, San Diego Sexual Medicine.

University of Rochester: “Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (Blood).”

Mayo Clinic: “Test ID: SHBG.”

Sexual Medicine Society of North America: “A Man’s Penis Changes with Age.”

UpToDate: “Peyronie's disease: Diagnosis and medical management.”

Journal of Electron Microscopy Technique: “Ultrastructure of the aging human testis.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Hormone replacement, the male version.”

OrthoInfo:”Effects of Aging.”

Urology: “Penile sensitivity in men: a composite of recent findings.”

Archives of Sexual Behavior: “Aging and sexual function in men.”

Urologic Nursing: “Erectile Dysfunction in the Older Adult Male.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 1, 2019

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