Prevalence. How common is testicular atrophy from taking anabolic steroids? One study surveyed men who used anabolic steroids for non-medical purposes.
So It reported the rate of testicular shrinkage to be more than 50%. So more than half of men have ball shrinkage.
Also Other side effects from the anabolic steroids were reported. These men were not using testosterone replacement therapy.
Side effects of anabolic steroids, prevalence:
Our findings suggest that steroid use among gay men may have serious consequences
for both physical and mental health.
Men reporting side effects: 96.4%
Testicular atrophy: 51.0%
Hypertension, high blood pressure: 19.0%
Personal experience. At first when I took testosterone shots and Androgel, my testicles became tighter and smaller by a small amount. The shrinkage of my testicles was not profound.
Experience, continued. The shrinkage progressed over the next year of testosterone shots. My balls continued to shrink in size. My testicles were the size of small grapes.
Final size My testicles were, when I finished the T shots, larger than raisins or peas. But they were smaller than eggs or walnuts.
Before, after. There was a difference in the size of my testicles before and after testosterone injections. The testicles probably ended up about one third the size they originally were.
Muscular body. Synthetic testosterone has its uses. But it can lead to unhappiness too. I felt unhappy about the situation—I felt that I was doing something unnatural.
A personal note. My steroid usage is likely a benefit to my muscle sizes. But I was given these drugs by a medical doctor (who is probably making a lot more money than you or me).
A choice. I would not voluntarily take steroids again. But the benefits of testosterone, like increased muscle size, are hard to deny. They have medical benefits.
A summary. Testosterone replacement therapy is a necessary medical treatment. It is prescribed by endocrinologists. I was fortunate that I only needed it a limited amount of time.