Post # 1
my DH and I are preparing to start TTC in the summer this year, which is super exciting! However, I have always had this fear since I was little that I would never be able to have children. So although I am excited I am prepared for a long journey. I didn’t have any real indications we would struggle I just always maintained this general fear.
However, recently I remembered my DH mentioning a while ago how his testicles retract back into his groin when he becomes cold, excited, etc. he gently pushes them back down into position and continues on. But now I am terrified this will have some ill effect on his sperm production. He said this is fairly common among his male friends and that doctors have never seemedconcerned. But I am still worried.
So I guess I am asking if your SO has ever experienced this or if you’ve ever heard of this happening? Just looking for reassurance. Thanks!
Post # 3
@Ttcconfused: That’s what testicles are supposed to do. It’s what protects them and therefore likely keeps your DH’s sperm healthy.
Post # 4
@Ttcconfused: That’s supposed to happen, since sperm has to be kept at a constant temperature that is usually a couple of degrees cooler than body temperature. If it’s cold out, they’ll shrink up towards the body for more warmth to maintain that temperature.
Post # 5
@Ttcconfused: It is normal for them to do this when it is cold.
When he is excited they go closer to his body as well.
Here is an article that describes it all better than I can:
I’m not a professional, but I would say it’s unnecessary for him to push them back down. They are moving for a reason, so just leave them be.
Post # 6
@Ttcconfused: totally normal!! Don’t stress out over little things!
Post # 8
@musical-lady: Thanks for your replies! I guess I understand it happening while its cold, but it seems less logical when he is excited or just laying in a weird position that they would retract all the way and seem to essentially disappear.
Post # 9
@Ttcconfused: That’s normal. Besides the man testicles that I have seen I have three boys and changed a lot of diapers. They usually shrink up when they’re cold.
Post # 10
This is a totally normal thing – it’s actually how the male body protects sperm production, because the testicles are actually very sensitive to temperature changes. They retract into the body when it’s too cold, or they drop down away from the body when it’s too hot. This is actually a good thing – I’d be more worried if they didn’t do this.
Post # 11
@Ttcconfused: when someone is excited their sympathetic nervous system kicks in and shunts blood away from limbs and nonvital organs such as the stoNash and testicles to bring increased blood flow to the head and heart and lungs.
Also it’s incredible how many women have fears about not being able to get pregnant. I too was convinced that it would take me forever, but we got pregnant first try. Relax and enjoy the journey!
Post # 12
Testicles are supposed to be lowered and raised by the cremasteric reflex; however, they are not supposed to retreat fully back into the inguinal canal (up inside his body) so much so that he has to manually remove them. This typically only happens if a man has been hit in the groin.
Sperm must maintain a temperature that is 2 degrees lower than body temperature, which is why they hang outside the body and have the cremasteric reflex.
I would get him to talk to his doctor about his testicles retracting inside and manually needing to be put back into position. He may just have a very strong cremaster muscle I am not sure but it would be best to get it checked out.
Post # 13
Thanks everyone for their replies! They don’t just get closer to his body, they literally go inside his inguinal canal. So that is my concern.
@FMM: that is exactly what happens. They only remain inside of his inguinal canal for a few seconds until he can push them down. Based on my google research it’s not unheard of, but I can’t find anything on how it will affect fertility.
Post # 14
@Ttcconfused: I am sure that it is not unheard of, this is the descent the testes take to get from the posterior abdominal wall to the scrotum during late fetal life/1st year of life. As long as he can always remove them from the inguinal canal quickly I shouldn’t think it would affect fertility. However, I can imagine that there are certain situations in life where he isn’t able to push his testicles down as soon as it happens. If that is the case it may alter sperm production.
However all that being said, I don’t think that this is anything to worry about at this stage. But I probably would encourage him to speak with his doctor about it.
Post # 15
Oh, man, my SO would kill me for sharing this but I am anonymous, right? Yep, they do that. And it seems to have had no effect whatsoever on his fertility, judging from the fact that he had two kids before he met me. Then I went off BC for approximately five minutes and he knocked me up! So I’m gonna go with: you’re probably fine and I think it’s normal.
Post # 16
@palmtree23: haha thanks so much for your reply! I was hoping to hear from someone who has had success conceiving!