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Balls on the Brain: Should I be concerned my balls are different sizes?

Popstar is back and ready to spill all the tea about your teabags! Today we are discussing ball size. The question at hand is: is it normal for one testicle to be larger than another?

The short answer is no. Not many things on the body are perfectly symmetrical. Unless, of course, you have a phenomenal plastic surgeon. Your balls should be no exception. Testicles are like eyebrows. They’re not always twins; they’re siblings, sometimes cousins even.

When it comes to what is between your legs, size can matter. However, when it comes to testicular size, it usually isn’t something to read into. It is very common to have one testicle that is slightly larger than the other. So, in the category of things you should be concerned about, a slight difference in ball size shouldn’t make the list. Global warming, perhaps, but ball size? Not usually.

There is almost always a small discrepancy in testicular size. It depends on whether they have always been different or if the asymmetry is a new development. Testicles usually stop growing after puberty, so if there is a sudden change in size to one or both testicles, you should see a doctor. 

It is important to be familiar with your jewels and check on them regularly. We recommend giving yourself a monthly examination. If you are having a P!nk night and it is just you and your hand, take a moment when you are finished to give yourself a good feel. Make sure you are looking for any changes in size or texture. If you find a hard lump, that may be a concern. It could be the dreaded c-word. If you find a lump, it is always important to make an appointment with your doctor ASAP to rule out cancer. 

There is a menagerie of much less scary reasons of why you may notice a slight change in your ball size. One of which is epididymitis, inflammation or infection of a structure that sits right behind your testicles. This can cause soreness and swelling. Epididymitis can happen on its own or can be a side effect of a sexually transmitted infection, both of which can be cured relatively quickly with antibiotics. 

Another potential cause of a change in the size of your balls is torsion. Testicular torsion is caused by the spermatic cord being tangled or twisted. Usually torsion is associated with excruciating pain so we recommend seeing a doctor quickly if this occurs.  A change in size could also be related to a benign cyst. When it comes to your family jewels, it is better to air on the side of caution and consult a physician. 

In the wise words of Miley Cyrus (or the artist formerly known as Hannah Montana): nobody’s perfect. You have to work it, mismatched balls and all. Whether you have grapes, grapefruits, or one of each, all we ask is that you take care of your pair!