You must read this web page, and if possible the article that the web page gained its data from:
http://www.dailyrx.com/erectile-dysfunction-may-be-associated-poor-blood-flow-testicles (WEB PAGE)
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1743-6109.2012.02736.x/full (FULL ARTICLE)
A big thanks for your detailed description of your issues. I have attempted to view your post, but cannot access it as it may be set to private (according to the forums message when i tried to view it). Its terrible that theres somebody else having very similar issues as me.
I have used one box of 4 pills of sildenafil 50mg up until now. The first time i took a pill (50mg) it didnt make a whole big difference, perhaps because i was slightly drunk at the time. I took note from this and took 2 pills (2 pills on the same night 100mg spread out over a few hours) this week end gone as had a Halloween party, whereby i had quite a few vodka’s. Again it didn’t make a huge difference during intercourse. However once i woke in the morning i had intercourse with my wife, my penis became erect without hardly any physical stimulation, this has not happened to me for some time, but my erection still was not as strong as it used to be naturally prior to all my symptoms.
It guts me that ive had to resort to these measures, as im only 30 years old, i eat healthy, workout most days and only drink alcohol occasionally and i don’t smoke.
Ive concluded that my varicocele has without a doubt been made worse by having the vasectomy, its ironic that ive only just by chance found out i had a varicocele that was identified by a scan over 2 years ago, to which i was unaware i even had one. A recent doc appointment confirmed that i had varicocele’s years ago, the stupid fools didn’t think to inform me that they stumbled across them, the scan was for a lump / cyst i found, all the doc said was i was fine and all was ok, and did not mention the variococele back then. So i took thier word for it. If i had of knew i had a varicocele before the vasectomy i would of been hesitant to have had my bits messed with. I may even seek legal advice with this matter. A few months after the vasectomy i noticed that i had lumps over mainly the left side of my scrotum but some on the right to, i assumed this was normal due to the vasectomy. Over time right up until now the lumps became bigger, then bam!, all of a sudden i began having ED! coupled with minor discomfort on occasions when i touch my testicles, sit down in a certain way or wear certain cloths. If im very active throughout the day my variococeles swells more which gives me more discomfort when i touch my scrotum . I seriously have weighed up all of my issues and strongly believe my varicocele has contributed to my ED, even though most doc’s do not believe this to be the case, including my own doctor! According to the web page above and the authors that conducted the study thier data suggests that varicoceles had a direct influence on thier subjects in terms of them having ED, this new data speaks volumes in my humble opinion! I will be taking a copy of this article to my doctors once i have my new scan so i can be referred to a urologist. I suspect my doc doesn’t feel i need to be referred to a urologists as he indirectly said that ED generally stems from a psychological issues! (how dare he!) Well i will go back with my medical FACTS at hand to argue my point, so im in a good place to make DEMANDS for referrals etc.
Like you Ive been up and down with feeling depressed, es specially when the symptoms first started occurring. I am in a better psychological mind set now though. Ive been taking nitric oxide supplements, garlic supplements and b6 + b12 vitamins. I noticed a very small positive change compared to say 2 months ago, nothing too significant though. Some days my erections are fuller and stronger than others, on the flip side other days it can be back to square one whereby getting it up to is difficult to penetrate. Basically my penis only partially works when it bluddy wants to!, even on good days its still no where near as hard or achieves the girth it used to prior all of ED issues. And i certainly dont focus on the issue and im very comfortable with my wife during the heat of the moment even given my ED issues, thats how i know its not psychological.
Like you some days sensitivity in my penis is greatly reduced which makes erections hard to gain and maintain, no matter how much stimulation is given or applied.
Im also hesitant to go back under the knife, especially for a reversal. However given that i strongly believe the varicocele has contributed to my ED my gut feeling is telling me to opt for variococele surgery. Especially that that is medical evidence and anecdotal evidence on the web, where some guys have posted that there varicoceles have made them have ED.
I would recommend that you try the supplements to see if they help you, before making any surgery decisions, as they all aid with vasodilation of the arteries, venuoles and capillaries, which in laymens terms means better blood flow. Although im not sure if it helps much on paper with variococeles, It has not made a huge difference with me thus far, been using them for abot 3-4 weeks now.
Im sorry for the long write up, but i hope that my experience can help you and others out there. I will keep you informed with my progress with the doc’s and possible trips to the urologists and maybe even surgery to fix the variococele. Would be great to read your posts you mentioned too, due to not being able to access them. And be great to hear of any progress you may make, or what you decide to do.
Take care for now mate