I have a very difficult time stopping my balls from sweating. I’m a 23 year-old male and my problem started when I was about 16. I have been able to manage the sweating by wearing two pairs of socks, but it gets really bad during summer months or any hot weather where they are loose fitting. What do you suggest? Can’t afford surgery either!
Pete – San Francisco CA – 4/5/03 Anonymous Urologist’s Answer: If your testicles sweat more than normal, you need treatment for hypogonadism first, before considering other treatments specifically designed to treat sweaty testicles. The good news is that this is one of only three conditions (along with diabetes insipidus and Klinefelter syndrome) in which there is an effective medical treatment available (see below). There are many different types of medications used for treating hypogonadism; however, all act on testosterone production at some level. The most commonly prescribed medication has been “testosterone” itself (which can be taken orally, applied as transdermal patches or injected into the scrotum), although others include various combinations of “anabolic steroids”, antiandrogens such as flutamide and nilutamide , GnRH agonists like leuprolide acetate , antidepressants like moclobemide , dopamine agonists like cabergoline and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (“SSRIs”) including sertraline .