Varicocele Repair Questions and Answers Archive

May
2001

Q&A: Should I see a urologist if I have a bulge in one testicle?

Question:

I am a 21 year old male. About a year ago I noticed a bulge in the left part of my scrotum. It is painless. I suspect it is a varicocele becuse the left side of my scrotum feels like a "bag of worms" and there is a reduction in the bulge when I am lying down. My question is does a varicocele reduce the testicile's production of testosterone? I ask this because though I am 21, I still haven't got a full beard - I don't have much facial hair, and my muscular development is also less than others of my age. I am also concerned that the varicocele may make me infertile. Should I have the varicocele examined by a urologist? Is surgery necessary?

- stanley

Answer:

 SCOTT ROSEFF, MD, FACOG, Director - LocateADoc.com

You absolutely must see a Urologist. What if it's not a varicocele??? After the Urologist diagnoses your "bulge", you can then discuss options with him as to whether or not a varicocele repair is warranted at this time (if it indeed is a varicocele). Dr. Roseff www.reproendo.com

-- SCOTT ROSEFF, MD, FACOG, Director
West Orange, New Jersey