Varicoceles - New Research & Findings
- 11-29-2007, 09:20 PM
- 11-29-2007, 09:54 PM
11-29-2007, 11:55 PM
Wow never noticed this thread before but I guess I'll join in cause I have a varicocele on the left side..
I probably won't have mine fixed because I can't bring myself to surgery unless its essential.. I had a sperm count done a year or so ago and it was right where it should be..
Ill probably have one done again sometime soon..
But no pain/lots of sperm/no hanging feeling/only slightly smaller than my right nut is good enough to keep me away from the knife..
11-30-2007, 09:22 AM
11-30-2007, 01:02 PM
Hey well the only ph Ive really ever done was h-drol.. and in all honesty they stayed the same size as they had been already all the way through (and through pct)..
Now that I think about it, either I got real lucky and didn't experience shrinkage, or they both got smaller to such a small degree that I couldn't even notice it..
But with respect to test, my doc said that varicoceles are apparently due to faulty valves that drain blood which is why its already a little smaller on the left.. I'm not sure how strongly low test production actually correlates with varicoceles like low sperm production can.. I mean the high temps can directly hamper sperm production, but test production?
Anyways haha they both remained the same size in respect to one another and if they shrank at all it wasn't even enough for me to tell.. I just now considered the possibility that they could have at all! and they're presently the fullest I've ever noticed them to be
11-30-2007, 01:54 PM
11-30-2007, 03:31 PM
11-30-2007, 06:01 PM
11-30-2007, 07:08 PM
This is a very interesting thread. I am 33, left varicocele, with low T, high cortisol, hypothyroid. Currently using compounded TRT.
Doctors say the varicocele does not affect hormones, but I don't believe them. Do you have any references for your findings?? I think it would help a lot of guys to bring to their Dr's.
11-30-2007, 09:21 PM
Thanks for all the replies, nice to see this thread is still active.
I am going to be setting up a testicular and urological website and forum for men very soon. I will also build a collection of refrences and findings for varicoceles to help people present to there doctors, bear with me on this one.
There are definitelly links between hypothyroidism and varicocele. High cortisol is also strongly linked with over active adrenal cortex (due to the constant inflammation i expect).
de49152, can you please give me your full story. Did you experience shrinkage/atrophy, ED problems, penile shrinkage, low libido, hypothyroidism symptoms, dry skin, etc? Do you experience pain and discomfort with the varicocele?
Guy's, if possible give as much information as you can so we can all move forward.
11-30-2007, 11:23 PM
Within the last year, the varicocele started feeling uncomfortable. There was a constant heavy feeling, as well as pain during sex. The left testicle seemed smaller, but very rough due to vein dilation. Eventually my libido dropped, experienced ED, and also anxiety/insomnia. This caused me to visit the doc again, this time for blood tests.
My testosterone was in the low 400's which is low for a man in his early thirties. DHEA was also low, in the mid 200's. TSH was 2.1 which is borderline high (iodine deficient). Cortisol is high all day and night which explains the anxiety/insomnia (insomnia is the most miserable thing).
A couple of months ago I started taking compounded testosterone, DHEA, iodine, and seriphos (cortisol reducer). Things are improving, but not as fast as I hoped. I will be going back to talk about surgical options. I just hope its not too late for "lefty" to recover and start making T again.
I am planning to try USPLabs PowerFULL to help with sleep and to keep some natural T going... anyone else try it for varicocele related problems?
12-01-2007, 08:20 AM
12-01-2007, 08:57 AM
de49152--becareful, I took PowerFull for about 30-days and it made my varicocele worse. Off, and its better again.
12-01-2007, 02:55 PM
12-06-2007, 07:59 PM
I am very interested in your sources for hormonal imbalances caused by a varicocele. I'll be seeing a urologist soon for a possible surgical fix, and I'd love to bring some proof of the hormonal effects. Anything would be appreciated, please PM.
Also, do you think it can also cause anxiety/insomnia, because I never had it before the nut started hurting.
Thanks a bunch,
12-06-2007, 09:58 PM
12-07-2007, 08:07 AM
12-08-2007, 03:04 AM
Interesting... I was diagnosed as having a varicocele when I was around 18 years old. That was around the same time I started having some erectile dysfunction. Prior to that, in my late teen years, I would have very rigid erections. I have been battling with ED off and on over the years.
My testicles are still pretty good size. I believe my hormones are out of wack somehow. It is really hard to deal with as I am recently married and have a low libido. I also seem to have a long refractory period. Sometimes after I ejaculate, I seem to need days to reload.
Any suggestions? I have been considering paying a visit to Dr. Delgado or Dr. John to see if they can help me get my hormones on track? Is this a good idea?
12-08-2007, 11:25 AM
If your problems were varicocele induced, you might also consider surgical options to reduce it-- it's a fairly easy procedure, I have an appt. with a urologist next week, I'll keep you guys updated.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, and am offering opinions, not medical advice.
12-10-2007, 08:12 PM
Here are a couple of articles about varicoceles affecting adrenals (free registration required):
Basically, since varicoceles and adrenals share the same blocked veins, the problems can be related. Can't wait to get mine repaired!!!
12-13-2007, 01:03 PM
Just had my varicocele embolised yesterday at Addenbrookes and was wondering what everyone elses experiences were post embolisation?
At the moment got a slight backache and I can still see the varicose veins but it said that after a few weeks the veins should shrink down.
I know Megazoid you had the same operation so would be interested to hear from you.
12-14-2007, 02:36 PM
I'm going to my pre-op appt on tuesday, so I will keep you guys updated. I have kaiser, so I'll need to tell them it hurts like hell just to convince them to operate. That's just stretching the truth a little bit, it's more of a persistent discomfort.
I am interested in our blood hormone levels pre and post surgery. Probably 6 mos after should see some positive changes.
12-21-2007, 12:48 PM
Micro-Surgery Done ! YAY ! 12-13-07
12-21-2007, 12:53 PM
12-21-2007, 12:56 PM
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