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Is there a non-invasive permanent cure for varicose veins in the penis?

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I have a question about varicose veins on the penis.

I started noticing them about a year ago. It started with a few small blue lines across the penis and then worsened over time, becoming larger and appearing more frequently. This was during a time when I masturbated very frequently (once every day or two), and had begun to experience pain during the activity. Over a period of months, the symptoms worsened. A large vein on the right side of the penis became enlarged. This vein branched off into to several purplish blue varicose veins about 2/3 of the way up the shaft, some going straight across and some going down the middle. In addition, the enlarged vein on the right seemed loose somehow. I knew that masturbation was causing it because the symptoms became worse after a session, but I was unable to stop due to psychological addiction.

I've taken steps over the past year to reduce the damage, including using lubrication and being as gentle as possible. I've also reduced the frequency to once or twice per week, but I've been unable to stop. As a result, the large vein no longer seems as enlarged and does not appear to be as loose. The varicose veins are still present, although they appear less frequently. If I masturbate roughly, the symptoms become immediately worse and then slowly decrease over a period of days. Currently, I notice the varicose veins when I wake up in the morning and also when I get an erection for an extended period of time. I sometimes experience mild pain when I touch these veins.

One additional symptom is that I notice a network of small red veins on the scrotum. I am less worried about these since they are barely visible and I only notice them during warm temperatures when the scrotum has relaxed. I thought I would mention it in case they were related to the varicose veins on the penis.

Some additional information you may find helpful. In terms of exercise I run twice a week for about 3.5 miles. I also ride my bike for 15 minutes every day. I am considering changing one of these runs into a lifting session. I have no other physical problems that I am aware of. My diet is generally healthy, but tends to lack variety.

For the past few weeks I have been taking a supplement called Venovil. It is a blend of Diosmin Hesperidin (90%), Pine Bark Extract (95% OPC), and Nattokinase. I have been seeing a mild improvement but it's far from a cure.

I've read online that varicose veins don't pose any risk besides pain, but I dislike them immensely. I often feel sexual anxiety because of them. I am also concerned that they may interfere with sexual arousal because of the mild pain they sometimes cause. I already experience arousal problems, but it is unclear whether or not it is because of anxiety, pain from the varicose veins, or both.

I would really like to eliminate these varicose veins completely. If you know of a non-invasive cure, would you please share it with me? Can you recommend a behavior that poses the best chance of getting rid of these varicose veins permanently? I would be willing to try anything at this point. Thanks.

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 in Penis Problems
Answered by Dr. Deepak Anvekar 4 hours later

The causes of varicose veins in the penis includes a no of factors including

1. small blood clots in the penile veins resulting in thickening of the vein.
2. Abnormal techniques or Excessive masturbation or sexual activity.
3. trauma to the penis.

The condition has no adverse health effects. The varicose vein on the penis does not require any treatment. In either case, use of lubricants is recommended during masturbation or during sexual intercourse to avoid bruising the vein. No other treatment is required.

There are no creams, ointments or herbs to treat the varicose veins on the penis

The herbal supplement Venovil, is a combination of antioxidants , that supposedly prevent development of varicose veins in the legs. But the efficacy to repair the veins that have already been formed has not been documented even by the manufacturers of the supplement. Hence they have provided a disclaimer that the drug is not provided to diagnose, cure or treat any condition in the website. The probable mechanism of action is to act as a placebo.

The other option you have is surgery (laser stripping, vein stripping, ablation, or sclerotherapy). Surgery will remove your penile spider and varicose veins, but it is very likely that an additional scar tissue will appear, thus constraining your erection and crooking your penis. This is a high-risk operation.

Sine you have mentioned that rough masturbation results in increase and worsen, the best behavior is to be cautious and use a proper and safe technique during masturbation.

You might consult a vascular surgeon who can assess the severity of the veins and then advice you accordingly.

I will be available for any follow up questions that you might be having.
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Follow-up: Is there a non-invasive permanent cure for varicose veins in the penis? 38 days later
Thank you for the response. I have continued to see improvements over the past few weeks but still the recovery is very slow. I've made alterations to my diet that supposedly help heal these veins. I'm considering using creams that claim to help reduce them. I know that the official medical stance is that there are no creams, ointments, or herbs that are effective at healing the veins, but I think it's still worth a try. Here are the two creams I'm considering using:


Is there any risk to using these products for varicose veins on the penis? I want to be sure there will be no side effects before I try either of them.


Answered by Dr. Deepak Anvekar 1 hour later

There are no risks involved in using the products (Venarin and Variclear). They are herbal preparations with activity to strengthen the veins and prevent progression of vein wall damage.

You can try them, and they are considered very safe for regular use.

I shall be available for any follow up questions that you might be having.

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