Testicles “retracting” during sex?

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xqfq

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Hi everyone-

I’ve got a somewhat unusual question. I searched around and couldn’t find similar questions out there and so I’m hoping someone here may have some insight.

Since beginning TRT 10 weeks ago, my testicles have begun “retracting” into my body during sex. This doesn’t seem to happen 100% of the time, and seems to happen mostly with my right testicle. The testicle(s) “suck up” into the cavity slightly above the base of my penis, and drop back down after a few minutes post-intercourse. I usually press them “out” of my abdomin myself. There’s no associated pain, but this has kind of made sex weird for me.

My protocol is:

150 mg testosterone enanthate, in 3 weekly doses (MWF, I space out by 56 hours) subQ
300 IU HCG on Monday and Friday

My latest labs, taken on a Wednesday prior to injection:

Testosterone Total, MS: 1075 ng/dL
Testosterone Free: 155.5 pg/mL (35 - 155)
E2 LC/MS/MS: 34.4 pg/mL (8.0 - 35)
SHBG, taken at 7 weeks: 48 (16.5-55.9 nmol/L).

My testicles didn’t retract prior to TRT, though I do have memories of it happening randomly long, long ago. It never happened regularly but I do remember it happening before. Now it happens every time I have sex.

This is something I could live with but I’d rather not..

Would love anyone’s insight here!
 
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BJE

Active Member
I haven’t had retraction during sex but without HCG my testicles get softer and lighter and don’t hang down in my scrotum. When warm my scrotum will hang loose and empty while my testicles are drawn up. This is the main reason I use HCG.
 

Systemlord

Member
I'm on TRT in isolation and after having sex my testicles seem to be drawn down to pre-TRT depths as they did when I had naturally optimal testosterone.
 

CSI007

Member
Interesting, I never really thought much of it but the same thing happens to me as well. But I seem to remember this happening before I went on TRT as well. Back when I wasactually functioning normally. I am on T and HCG. My HCG dosage is quite low though.
 

xqfq

Active Member
Thanks guys! So it sounds like the most likely culprit here is inadequate HCG? I do notice a dull ache sometimes between my HCG doses (on Thursday, usually).
 

Cataceous

Super Moderator
Thanks guys! So it sounds like the most likely culprit here is inadequate HCG? I do notice a dull ache sometimes between my HCG doses (on Thursday, usually).
You might ask your doctor about bumping up the hCG to three times a week at that dose. If it helps then you'll know.
 

Nelson Vergel

Founder, ExcelMale.com
That used to happen to me before hCG. Increase hCG to 1000 IU (one shot) and then use 500 IU twice per week. By the way, taking low dose cialis, levitra or viagra also helps increase blood flow to testicles.
 

Bob Lee

New Member
Hi everyone-

I’ve got a somewhat unusual question. I searched around and couldn’t find similar questions out there and so I’m hoping someone here may have some insight.

Since beginning TRT 10 weeks ago, my testicles have begun “retracting” into my body during sex. This doesn’t seem to happen 100% of the time, and seems to happen mostly with my right testicle. The testicle(s) “suck up” into the cavity slightly above the base of my penis, and drop back down after a few minutes post-intercourse. I usually press them “out” of my abdomin myself. There’s no associated pain, but this has kind of made sex weird for me.

My protocol is:

150 mg testosterone enanthate, in 3 weekly doses (MWF, I space out by 56 hours) subQ
300 IU HCG on Monday and Friday

My latest labs, taken on a Wednesday prior to injection:

Testosterone Total, MS: 1075 ng/dL
Testosterone Free: 155.5 pg/mL (35 - 155)
E2 LC/MS/MS: 34.4 pg/mL (8.0 - 35)
SHBG, taken at 7 weeks: 48 (16.5-55.9 nmol/L).

My testicles didn’t retract prior to TRT, though I do have memories of it happening randomly long, long ago. It never happened regularly but I do remember it happening before. Now it happens every time I have sex.

This is something I could live with but I’d rather not..

Would love anyone’s insight here!
********

Started happening to me after trt. I reasoned it was because now, said testicles are ... smaller. And, yep, those boys jump right up there and hide, now.
 

Argus

New Member
This happens to me whenever my e2 is too low. I'm still on a tiny bit of AI due to genetic issues, but this is one way I can always tell when my e2 has gone too low. Your e2 looks to be at a healthy level though, so you probably need higher or more frequent HCG.
 

Mr S

Active Member
I haven’t had retraction during sex but without HCG my testicles get softer and lighter and don’t hang down in my scrotum. When warm my scrotum will hang loose and empty while my testicles are drawn up. This is the main reason I use HCG.
I don’t know if you have already mentioned this before, did you have testicular atrophy before you started taking HCG? My Dr will prescribe me HCG when my testicles become atrophied which now after reading a lot of posts, doesn’t make sense to wait to resolve. My point is to make it part of my protocol before I need it.
 

BJE

Active Member
I don’t know if you have already mentioned this before, did you have testicular atrophy before you started taking HCG? My Dr will prescribe me HCG when my testicles become atrophied which now after reading a lot of posts, doesn’t make sense to wait to resolve. My point is to make it part of my protocol before I need it.
Yes, I had testicular atrophy before starting HCG. That’s mostly why I use it. They came back pretty quickly though.
 

Mr S

Active Member
Yes, I had testicular atrophy before starting HCG. That’s mostly why I use it. They came back pretty quickly though.
That’s good to know. If mine vanished I want them back ASAP. I don’t mind fertility as I’m 58 but I’m certainly attached to my testicles. Literally.
 

xqfq

Active Member
I'd like to give an extremely unexpected update here. Due to travel restrictions, I halted HCG 5.5 weeks ago and haven't used it since.

Surprisingly, stopping HCG has almost completely stopped the testicle retraction! Sometimes one of my testicles will retract, but it's very minor and not nearly the same. Previously, with HCG, both of my testicles would retract nearly as soon as I obtained an erection. Now, one testicle sometimes retracts right at the point of orgasm, which is much less distracting - it's the kind of thing I could live with.

So my original theory was that I needed more HCG to get my testicles to be "bigger" so they wouldn't retract into the inguinal canal, but something else must be going on here.

Random ideas:

* Perhaps it's related to how much sperm the body "sees" inside the testicles (?). Maybe the body knows there's sperm in the testicle and tries to draw it close into the body to get more of it. But I presumably had some sperm in my testicles prior to TRT (though I've never taken a sperm count) and this didn't happen.

* Maybe it's related to my estradiol level or estrogenic effects of HCG metabolites (e.g. androstenediol). My LC/MS/MS E2 was 34.4 pg/mL (SHBG 48 nmol/L) on HCG and was 23.7 pg/mL (SHBG 45 nmol/L) a week and a half ago.

* It could be related to my libido, which has been in the toilet over the past several weeks since halting HCG. Maybe a higher libido and sex drive just means this happens. I've had periods of extreme libido in my life and never had the testicle retraction, though.
 

Mr S

Active Member
What kind of restrictions did you encounter during travel for hCG? I’m just about to travel and it’ll be my first bringing hcg with me
 

xqfq

Active Member
What kind of restrictions did you encounter during travel for hCG? I’m just about to travel and it’ll be my first bringing hcg with me

I didn't bring the HCG with me because it was too complicated to deal with.
 

Mr S

Active Member
I didn't bring the HCG with me because it was too complicated to deal with.
Thanks. I was thinking the TSA had confiscated it or something. If I may ask one more question, it doesn’t seem you suffered from atrophy during those 5 weeks. Did your testicles maintain their size? BTW, I’m experiencing total testicular retraction whilst having erections. I’ve been on hcg for 21 days so far. They descend after ejaculation and they seem normal again. Rather an uncomfortable situation.
 

xqfq

Active Member
Thanks. I was thinking the TSA had confiscated it or something. If I may ask one more question, it doesn’t seem you suffered from atrophy during those 5 weeks. Did your testicles maintain their size? BTW, I’m experiencing total testicular retraction whilst having erections. I’ve been on hcg for 21 days so far. They descend after ejaculation and they seem normal again. Rather an uncomfortable situation.

My testicles have maintained their size for the past 5 weeks, at least best I can tell. Perhaps it takes longer for them to shrink.

Another unusual surprise is that, after stopping HCG, my semen volume is now back to normal. Which is to say that my semen volume was much less while I was on HCG, and it's now back to a normal amount. I've read many reports of HCG increasing semen volume, so I was surprised here as well. It could have to do with the fact I was on a (rather extreme) diet for the period of time I was using HCG (when I started TRT), and I'm now bulking / eating normally. I've read that semen volume can depend on diet.
 
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