And you say you had, there was a problem after the operation, can you explain what happened?
I think, yeah I developed a haematoma. I think it's a blood clot as a result of that, and I was kept in for you know longer than normal. Literally I think I was there for two weeks.
Where about was the haematoma?
It was in, in the region, it was again, I can't pinpoint it exactly.
Was that very uncomfortable?
I suppose at the time it was yeah, again I can't really remember. I suppose in a way because a lot of that you know, as far as I'm concerned is, I say a bad memory, I've tended to shut a lot of it out of my mind.
There is an association between varicoceles and infertility or subfertility, but it is difficult to be certain if a varicocele is the cause of fertility problems in any one case. In one study, as many as 40 percent of men who were subfertile were found to have a varicocele. Other signs of varicoceles can be a decreased sperm count; decreased motility, or movement, of sperm; and an increase in the number of deformed sperm. It is not known for sure how varicoceles contribute to these problems, but a common theory is that the condition raises the temperature of the testicles and affects sperm production. Studies have shown that from 50 percent to 70 percent of men with fertility problems will have a significant improvement in the quality and/or quantity of sperm production after they have undergone varicocele repair.