Varicocele And Infertility
A varicocele is an enlargement of the veins inside the loose pouch of skin that houses the testicles (VAR-ih-koe-seel) (scrotum). These veins carry testicular blood, which is devoid of oxygen. Blood pooling in the veins instead of efficiently leaving the scrotum leads to a varicocele.
Usually beginning during puberty, varicoceles grow over time. They may be uncomfortable or painful but frequently have no symptoms or side effects.
A varicocele may result in poor testicular development, low sperm production, or other issues that could result in infertility. To address these issues, varicocele surgery may be suggested.
A varicocele typically develops on the left side of the scrotum and frequently shows no symptoms at all. Possible warning signs and symptoms could be:
Pain. Standing or later in the day is more likely to cause dull, aching pain or discomfort. Often, pain is relieved by lying down.
In the scrotum, a mass. A mass resembling a “bag of worms” may be discernible above the testicle if a varicocele is sufficiently large. A smaller varicocele might not be visible but may be detectable by touch.
Various testicle sizes. The testicle that is afflicted could be visibly smaller than the other testicle.
Infertility. While some varicoceles can make it difficult to become a parent, not all of them do.
Boys should get yearly check-ups to ensure the health and growth of their testicles. It’s crucial to make and adhere to these appointments.
Many illnesses could blame on scrotal pain, swelling, or a mass. Visit your doctor if you experience any of these to receive a prompt and precise diagnosis.