What is testicular atrophy
Testicular atrophy is when the testicles decrease in size and may lose function. This can be caused by trauma to the testicles, steroid use, varicocele, and vascular problems. It can even be caused by medical procedures.
Some patients on testosterone therapy may notice a dease in testicular size. This is due to the effects of testosterone in the blood decreasing levels of circulating hormones called gonadotropins. Gonadotropins maintain testicular size and function. Increased testosterone levels signal the body to stop producing gonadotropins. This leads to lower gonatotropin levels in the blood and a resulting decrease testicular size.
How hCG can help
Testicular size and function is largely dependent on the function of a particular group of cells called Leydig cells. Leydig cells in the testicles respond to the presence of a hormone in the blood called luteinizing hormone (LH) by producing testosterone. This Leydig cell activity is the body’s normal way of maintaining testosterone levels and testicular size.
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone that is chemically very similar to LH. In fact, it is so similar that it stimulates Leydig cell funtion as well. By administering hCG we simulate the levels of LH stimulation that Leydig cells need to function. This can restore testicular size and funtioning.
HCG Therapy is one of the many treatment options available at the Centre for Men’s Health. Our consultants are experts in male health and would be happy to speak with you about this or other treatment options that might be right for you. You can click HERE to learn more about our services, or give us a call on the number at the top of the page to arrange a consultation.