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Varicocele experience??

Discussion in 'Pregnancy' started by JenCC, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. Hi All,
    I'm new to the whole chat/forum experience but really interested in reading everyone's experiences and how supportive it is. Has anyone's other half had experience of varicoceles? They are varicose veins in the testicles which can contribute to infertility issues...mis-shapen swimmers, low count and pain in the testicles.
    OH has had ultra sound scan and confirmed he has a varicocele but now waiting for referal.
    Cheers for listening :)
     
  2. Hi All,
    I'm new to the whole chat/forum experience but really interested in reading everyone's experiences and how supportive it is. Has anyone's other half had experience of varicoceles? They are varicose veins in the testicles which can contribute to infertility issues...mis-shapen swimmers, low count and pain in the testicles.
    OH has had ultra sound scan and confirmed he has a varicocele but now waiting for referal.
    Cheers for listening :)
     
  3. Welcome to the forum Jen, it's a lifesaver talking to the lovely ladies on here!
    I don't know anything about varicocele but didn't want to read and run. We have male factor infertility (very low count due to undescended testicles as a child) and it's heartbreaking when you first find out but at least you know and will have a course of action to take now. It seems that male factor is much more straightforward than if it's the woman so hopefully you won't have to wait too long for some sort of treatment - have your clinic hinted what they think the outcome might be?
    Good luck,
    E x
     
  4. Hi Jen,
    My OH has a varicocele and I am currently 12 weeks pregnant [​IMG]
    It took us about 14 months to conceive (which may or may not have been because of the varicocele) - we were just at the point of seeking medical advice when I found out I was expecting!
    He has had it for over 10 years now I think and was told that it may cause fertility problems.
    I know when we were ttc, I kept searching for 'success' stories and didn't find many so hope this helps.
    x
     
  5. toeinwater

    toeinwater New commenter

    A question: Can you actually see varicocele? not that I have anything to compare OH's bits and bobs to, but wondered if it was worth a look next time I'm in the area!!! [​IMG]
     
  6. In our case not unless you squidge the testicle, it feels like a bag of worms.
     
  7. toeinwater

    toeinwater New commenter

    Ewwww! (thanks!)
     
  8. Thanks E,
    He's only had the ultra sound scan...the nurse was reluctant to commit to anything, saying you need to see the specialist for answers :-( I'm not sure about men being easier to treat...there doesn't seem to be any medical help to increase count or change the shape...whatever you've got you are stuck with....or at least that's how it feels. We'll just have to wait and see what the specialist says when we get to see them
    Cheers
    Jen :)
     
  9. My OH hasnt got anything you can see, just a dull aching in his left testical....which are tell tale signs, but from the iages I've seen on google "bag of worms" is about right....eurgh!
    jx
     
  10. Not easier to treat, no, infact there seems to be hardly anything they can do other than vitamins and improving diet - but once they knew it was male factor they quickly (in my case anyway) got on with referring us for ICSI. I feel if it had been female factor in my case and no problems with DH then we would have been sent away to keep trying for a while or been referred to try allsorts of different tests and procedures. Definitely feels like we've been fast-tracked because there's no real alternative for male factor.
    Hope you get some answers soon x
     
  11. Oh I see,
    ICSI looks like a great option but wont be available for us on the NHS cos OH has got kids already. But I did find out about some free IVF if thats any use to anyone.....at the London Clinic, if youre happy to share eggs you can be considered for free IVF. We're hopefully a while away from that yet, but we'll just have to wait and see.
    :) j
     

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