• Typically how soon if ever after having one testicle removed do hormones return to normal?

    Asked by angelix1015 on Monday, November 12, 2012

    Typically how soon if ever after having one testicle removed do hormones return to normal?

    I am very concerned about my boyfriend, he just recently had his testicle removed due to tesicular cancer mid september. Right after the surgery he was in high spirits but his behavior has become increasingly erractic as time increases. He get angry over just about everything and recently abandoned myself and my 3 year old son because he feels as if he is on the edge and loosing his mind. He claims he has no more desire to be in love or have a relationship for the rest of his days. Even though he has left I am still very concerned about him. I still talk to him on a daily basis and am trying my best to boost his moral throughout this. I keep telling him that perhaps hormone treatments would help him feel like himself again. Then I read other articles online saying that the normal testicle will compensate and most men don't need hormone treatment. Is this true? If so how long after surgery should he normalize? Is this more a a pyschological issue or physical? I feel so helpless.

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    • dougbank's Avatar
      dougbank

      Typically, your hormones never leave normal when one testicle is removed due to testicular cancer. However, your boyfriends behavior is NOT typical. About 17% of the time the man with need some sort of hormone supplements because the remaining testicle cannot pull its weight. His behavior is quite classic for someone without enough testosterone - erratic, loss of libido, mood swings. I suspect that he is also fatigued and depressed.

      Seriously - he really needs to be tested. They need to test, at a minimum, his testosterone, LH and FSH. There are various ways to supplement, including shots, gels, creams, patches and a few others. I suggest that he first get a shot and see how that works - that it actually brings him back to normal. It would be good to see an endocrinologist, but very few actually know anything about testosterone. You could call around, or maybe just send him back to his urologist.

      Good Luck!!

      over 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      As Doug mentioned, this can also be a sign of depression. Could be a combination of both his hormones and depression. He really needs to speak with his Dr about these mood swings he having. I couldn't tell you if or when everything would balance out. I hope things get better for you.

      over 4 years ago
    • Crash's Avatar
      Crash

      I doubt he needs hormone supplements. He's probably just angry about having a nut cut off, who wouldn't be. If he's on chemo now, that's going to mess him up. If he's not on chemo and he's still shaving, he's fine. I tried to ask my doctor to do a test to see if my testosterone level was low and he just chuckled, and said, "I don't have to do the test, the assay is on your face. I can see by your beard that you have enough testosterone. Just give him room and love him. He should be fine.

      over 4 years ago
    • Crash's Avatar
      Crash

      Did he have a retro peritoneal lymph node resection? I did and before the operation, the doctor explained to me that he would be cutting very close to the nerve that allows me to have an erection. Of course I took the risk and everything worked out fine. If your boy friend had his nerve nicked he might have some problems getting things to work, that would XXX me off and put me in a VERY funky mood.

      over 4 years ago
    • angelix1015's Avatar
      angelix1015

      Yeah that's the reason why he feels its his hormones.. he hasn't gotten much hair growth at all since the surgery.. he used to have a nice full beard and now its just stray patchy hairs. Perhaps he does not have enough testosterone at this current time. Perhaps you are right that the other testicle is not pulling its weight. It was a lot smaller then the one removed. Does size even have anything to do with potency? He has a appointment with his urologist at the end of next month and I really hope they check his levels. If they seem to think he needs the hormones and he does in fact start treatments how soon after if ever will results effect his demeanor typically? Currently I am doing say as say Crash, giving him room and still showing him love and plenty of it. It is discouraging at times though because he is a stubborn one but I plan on trying my best to stay strong for him. Thank you all for your insightful answers even if educating myself won't change his situation it sure does help me keep it together if I have an idea of what exactly may be going on in his head.

      over 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      Staying strong and supportive is exactly what you should do. He has a tough road ahead of him but as myself, Crash and Doug can testify, he'll be ok.

      over 4 years ago
    • Samwalk's Avatar
      Samwalk

      I'm sorry to hear about your boyfriend. Being a survivor is very hard and causes you to evaluate things in your life. Sadly sometimes survivors push their loved ones away either because they do not want to burden them. Sometimes they have an epiphany and don't want the life they have any longer. It's horrible that you feel abandoned and that he abandoned his child, no man shoud do that. I hope things get better for you, have you tried cancer support groups?

      over 4 years ago

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