Dr.. Osama Abu Al-Rub

The testicle is one of the foods that many think is capable of improving a man's fertility and sexual health, and they are often advised to newly married to eat it, and the methods of preparing it vary among different civilizations, so how true is this belief? Does eating testicles really enhance men's sexual health?

The testicle - or rather, the testicles as they are two - are gland-shaped glands that are found in the scrotum that is outside the body, and they produce testosterone and sperm.

The testes need a lower temperature than the body’s heat, so they are found outside of the scrotum. In cases of hanging testicle that remains in the abdomen, failure to descend may lead to infertility, and the possibility of developing testicular cancer increases.

Some people think that the prevailing perception among people that the testicle is sexually enhanced is the result of an old conviction that exists in some societies, and is based on the fact that eating a specific organ strengthens the function performed by its body counterpart, for example, eating red meat gives its eaten strength, and eating the heart gives courage.

On the other hand, some say that eating the testicle gives the body large quantities of the male hormone "testosterone", which plays a role in several things such as sexual arousal and spermatogenesis.

The facts:
Let's start with the facts. Here is a table that shows the nutritional information for a hundred grams of a testy lamb, for example, from the USDA database:

Nutritional information for a hundred grams of testicular lamb




11.4 grams

Total fat

2.38 g


0.14 g

Dietary fibers



5 milligrams


1.14 milligrams


11 milligrams


265 milligrams


119 milligrams


393 milligrams

It can be observed that the most important characteristic of a testicle is that it contains a large amount of cholesterol, as the hundred grams contain approximately four hundred milligrams of cholesterol. Note that usually the weight of a single testicle of a lamb exceeds a hundred grams.

This means that eating one lamb testicle gives a person more cholesterol than the maximum that is recommended not to exceed him daily from three hundred milligrams of cholesterol.

Animal neutered before cooked (Getty Images / French)

As for testosterone, it is true that the testicle produces the hormone, but there are no scientific data to support the hypothesis that eating the testicle raises the level of testosterone in its eaten enough to cause physiological changes such as improving fertility.

It should also be noted that the testosterone hormone is not allowed to be used except on the recommendation of the doctor and in certain cases, if the level is low in the body, that its use has risks such as an increased risk of clots and a decrease in semen production and a decrease in the testicle.

Therefore, if you eat a testicle in order to improve your sexual health or increase the level of testosterone, you will most likely not achieve your goal, and if you think you have a fertility problem then you should see a doctor to recommend appropriate treatment.

But if you eat the testicle because you like to taste it - whether it is fried alone or fried with onions - then you can continue, but with the need to pay attention to the economy in that because of its richness in cholesterol, especially if you suffer from high blood in the original.