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Testicular Atrophy

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  • Posted By: Mick07
  • March 8, 2007
  • 04:12 PM

What may cause pain in the testes and testicular atrophy? I've had these pains in my balls for nearly two years and over this period of time the testes have grown smaller. I saw an urologist when this all started about two years ago, but he couldn't find anything. At that time, everything was fine and "in good shape," but I had those pains. I've had liver/kidney/thyroid tests (blood & ultrasound) and regular blood tests, and they all came back negative (thank god). I saw an urologist for a second time last summer and he indicated I had a (light) varicocele, but told me that there was no need to take action (at the moment). I went to see another urologist last week for a blood test (hormones) and an x-ray of the kidneys and bladder. Kidneys and bladder are OK. Prostate, too. I'd like to add that I don't take anabolics. Hypogonadism is ruled out. My testosterone level has always been high (to the max - 2 yrs ago, 1 yr ago). FSH is low (within the normal range) and LH is in the middle.

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  • Varicoceles can cause the testicles to decrease in size. They can certainly cause them to ache. It is perhaps worth getting this checked again.
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  • Thank you so very much for your answer, kenn. I'm seeing my urologist soon, i.e., as soon as the results of the hormone test are available and I will bring this up again. Do you happen to know why the testicles decrease in size despite high testosterone levels or has testosterone nothing to do with it?
    Mick07 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • There are various things that can affect testosterone levels (stress being one of them). Testosterone is produced almost entirely in the testicles, so if the levels are high, they are functioning OK in this regard. Any change in testicular size due to a varicocele would have to do with restricted blood flow I think.
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  • Thanks for your reply. Very kind of you.
    Mick07 2 Replies Flag this Response
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