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ultrasound concern help!

Hi, how's it going? I'm writing because im debating whther or not to get an ultrasoiund. i am 23, and have  ahistory of lower than optimal testosterone(always been at the lower end of the range) I am also a weightlifter(never taken steroids though or any supplements) Last august, i felt something in my testicles, but i didnt get it checked until about a week ago(march). I went to a new pcp who seemed like a fool, but after she felt me up, she said there was nothing there. She said she would order an ultrasound to ''humor me''

My question is this....
I've read lots of studies suggesting that an ultrasound may in fact be harmful to the testes, and can shut down sperm....im concerned it will also shut down my testosterone! as it is at 23, ive had lots of trouble finding any doctor who will put me on trt, because im still in the normal range.

im not sure what to do...since the dr felt nothing but  i feel something...but idont want my sperm or testosterone to go down, and what if the ultrasound tech doesnt know what they are doing?

I have an endo appt in may, was thinking of letting  her feel me for a second opinion instead of the ultrasound?
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4851940_tn?1385441629
There is no xray involved at all in ultrasound imaging.

You have some lubricant clear gel put on the part of the body that is to be scanned.  The the operator scans the area with a small piece of equipment that is attached to the computer.  It picks up sound waves (ultrasound) and the image is displayed on the screeen.    

The ultrasound technician will know what they are doing and will also know what to look for.  Sometimes they let you watch the screen. If you have any abnormality in the scrotum or something not right, it would show it up.

It takes roughly about 20 minutes, may be less in your case.  Once you get your appointment through, they usually write and let you know how long it takes and whether you can eat and drink.

You may not have to undress at all, probably pull your pants down to examine the scrotum area.  It depends on the hospital.  I had an ultrasound last week and didn't have to put any hospital gowns on at all.

Pregnant women have ultrasound to scan the growth of the baby.

I feel it is much safter than xray because you are not exposed to radiation.

If you are really worried, make an appointment to see a male doctor for a second opinion.
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thanks jemma, but if you search ultrasound and testicles and sperm loss on google there are some concerns. I prefer female doctors to examine that area, my endo i have coming up is female so i may jsut ask her.
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4851940_tn?1385441629
I have read the article that was dated January 2012.

Mail On Line on Health that was updated on 30 January 2012 with regard to ultrasound as a contraceptive for men, has a paragraph that reads:-

"However, the idea was not pursued and the equipment used is now outdated and unavailable."

I have also read the bit that the (guinea pig man) man had to sit with his scrotum in warm water and the ultrasound was blasted at the scrotum through that.

But as you are so worried about it, don't have it done and discuss your concerns with your endo.

Best wishes
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thanks jemma....iam just very concerned because  ifelt something in my testicles...and id like to see what it was. the endo appt isnt until may so i was thinking of just saying screw it and getting the ultrasound done? What do you think?
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4851940_tn?1385441629
Well, if was for myself, I would have it done.

But, I appreciate your concerns and it is a decision that you have to make what is right for you.

If you don't want to wait until May, are still having a problem and want to find out what it is that you are feeling inside, but want reassurance that your ultrasound will be safe, telephone the department and tell them that you are worried and ask them to explain the procedure to you.

To be honest, I am not an ultrasound technician so do not know the technical details of how ultrasound works.  But it is much safer than being exposed to radiation by xrays.

I have had my kidneys and bladder and my heart scanned.  
But as you have read those frightening articles, I am not at all surprised that you are worried.  Do you know of any blokes who have had an ultrasound down below to get an opinion from them?

Wishing you all the best.
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4851940_tn?1385441629
Hope you are OK.
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765439_tn?1292964014
i got the ultrasound on friday..now worried about the results. i heard her sucking her teeth during it
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4851940_tn?1385441629
She may have had something stuck inbetween her teeth or sucking on a sweet.

When will you get your results, did she say?  Did she let you look at the screen?  I take it that she said nothing at all to you then.  


I'm a little concerned regarding the results of my ultrasound too.  She told me there were no kidney stones, but only a small cyst, but the surgery receptionist telephoned and gave me an appointment to see the doctor.  I know they don't normally do that if there is nothing.  I have an appointment next week.

Hope everything is OK for you.  Let me know how you get on.

Best wishes.

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what was your ultrasound for? You are female right?

she didnt say anything to me, or let me look at the screen..so i asked her when  iwas done how everything looked, and she said she doesnt read them, the radiologist does. i then asked her when the results would be in, she said two days.

that was friday though, so idk if they will be in tomorrow.
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4851940_tn?1385441629
My ultrascound was on my bladder and kidneys.  Yes I am female.

I have a cousin, who at the age of 23 had to have one teste removed due to cancer.  He ignored his symptoms and had he gone a lot sooner, it wouldn't have been so serious and difficult to treat.  He is lucky to be alive.  He had his sperm frozen in the event he would like to father a child, but it is questionable whether it will be viable.

My husband has an enlarged prostate and is on medication for that.

My father had an elarged prostate when he couldn't pee and his waist went from a 38 to a 42 within a hour.  I was able to take him urgently to hospital, they removed some of his prostate, but 10 years down the line he now has cancer of the prostate gland and has an injection for that every 3 months.

It's great that you will have your results quickly.  The waiting is the worst.

I hope you get on alright.  Let me know how you get on.

Best wishes.
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4851940_tn?1385441629
Hope you are keeping well.

I trust that by now you have been told the results of your scan and hope that there is nothing seriously wrong.

Best wishes.
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