Varicocele, prostate, and sexual health
I have been doing alot of research regarding BPH and ways to address it. The Gat Goren procedure that has been mentioned on this website is theorized to redirect retrograde venous blood flow from dysfunctional (due to varicocele) spermatic veins through other venous avenues. This then supposedly decreases very high levels of testosterone that supposedly occur at the prostate due to the faulty spermatic veins and thereby reduces symtpoms of BPH. Gat/Goren came upon this procedure when studying procedures to correct varicoceles (varicose veins caused by faulty valves in the spermatic veins) which are often seen to be causes of infertility in men.
I have subsequently found research showing that men with BPH all seem to have varicoceles which seems to support Gat and Goren's hypothesis.
During my research, I have also come across a study done in 2009 that seems to support some of these theories. Varicoceles are associated not only with lower serum testosterone levels (not the same as the higher testosterone levels in the prostate area as mentioned by Gat/Goren), ED and Premature ejaculation, but also with tenderness and calcification of the prostate, and indications of prostatitis. Procedures to correct the varicoceles (other than just the Gat/Goren method) have been shown to increase serum testosterone levels.
Ron here... thanks for the info.
Here are some definitions:
A varicocele (VAR-ih-koe-seel) is an enlargement of the veins within the loose bag of skin that holds your testicles (scrotum). A varicocele is similar to a varicose vein you might see in your leg. Varicoceles are a common cause of low sperm production and decreased sperm quality, which can cause infertility.
A varicocele is when veins become enlarged inside your scrotum (the pouch of skin that holds your testicles). These veins are called the pampiniform plexus. Ten to 15 of every 100 males have a varicocele. It is like getting a varicose vein in your leg.