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Hi, I decided to get curious yesterday and find out if it's actually normal to have bigger veins on the left side of the testes. I've had them since as long as I can remember, at least since the age of 12 or so, and found out it's abnormal.

I've done hours of research, and found out that it's quite common (15% of young men), and there's a simple and effective surgery for it.

However, I am in no pain. I haven't had any pain EVER, and I'm 19 years old. The veins have seemed to stay the same size for years (probably the size of two toothpicks). I was wondering if I should go see a doctor anyway. Again, this causes me no discomfort at all, I was just curious.

Thanks in advance. :)

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replied May 28th, 2008
Mens Conditions Answer A4203
Varicocelle (enlarged testicular veins) is not normal because it can disturb the spermatozoid production (spermatogenesis). It is difficult to be sure that you have varicocele until you are examined by a urologist. Sperm analysis (spermogram) may be also required.

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