The Connection Between Testosterone And Varicocele Repair
Whenever a couple struggles to conceive, many feel inclined to assume it’s due to a problem with the woman’s reproductive system. In reality, contrary to popular belief in some circles, men are also very likely to be the source of a couple’s infertility. And the most common cause of infertility for men is varicoceles, which is when there’s an excess of blood flow in the veins of the scrotum, typically near the left testicle. One of the main side effects of varicoceles, which is largely connected to its causing infertility, is the fact that it causes men’s bodies to produce an insufficient amount of testosterone. It’s a frustrating and confusing dilemma for a man to have. But as it turns out, it’s fixable. New York researchers just recently officially proved that varicocele repair surgery substantially increases men’s testosterone. Here’s what you need to know.
What Happens When A Man Has Low Testosterone
Testosterone is a vital part of men’s health. And that’s not just referring to gender identity. Testosterone gives men energy, physical strength in their muscles and bones, and sex drive. The lack thereof can lead to severe physical and emotional damage, including osteoporosis and depression. This is all in addition to the fact that testosterone is crucial to a man’s ability to reproduce. But according to the latest studies, urologists can remedy all of this with a relatively simple surgery most commonly known as varicocele repair.
When To Look Out For A Varicocele And What To Do About It
In years past, common belief was that young men should ignore a varicocele unless it actively causes them distress. But new findings suggest that due to its impact on male testosterone, men should address the issue as soon as it empirically reveals itself, no matter whether or not it’s painful. The earliest stage of life in which someone can notice a varicocele is in their early teens, right around puberty. Albeit, kids at this age should have no interest in reproducing, but in the interest of foresight, doctors will now begin to recommend that young men and adolescents address the issue earlier rather than later.
How To Spot A Varicocele
A varicocele looks like the left side of the scrotum hangs lower and is enlarged compared to the right side. It can seem relatively harmless, especially if it is not causing any physical distress at first. But in the long run, this enlargement can have lasting effects on an individual’s quality of life. That’s why you yourself should examine your own testicles whenever you shower. Moreover, if you have any children, you should advise them to do so as well.
If you, a friend, or your son happens to express concern over swelling in the testicular region, don’t panic. A varicocele is easily fixable with a simple, outpatient surgical procedure. Within four hours of the operation, the patient will be home on the couch enjoying his favorite television series. The procedure is quick, as is the recovery time. Within one week’s time, most patients reach full recovery. Afterward, they experience an increase in testosterone, which may increase their ability to reproduce, and will almost certainly improve their quality of life by way of allowing them to produce a sufficient amount of testosterone.
To learn more about varicocele repair, contact New York urology doctor Harry Fisch at 212-879-0800.