A varicocele is a condition in which the vein inside your scrotum becomes enlarged. This vein is also known as the
pampiniform plexus, and the scrotum is the skin or pouch that holds your testicles. Varicocele is very similar to
varicose veins which mostly occur on the legs. Although rare, a varicocele can decrease the production of your
sperm and its quality, which can then lead to infertility.
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With varicoceles, your scrotum can grow larger. And because the male anatomy is not the same on both sides, this
condition is more common on the left side of your scrotum. Although they can both be affected by this condition at
the same time, it is still rare.
Most of the time, varicocele shows no signs and symptoms and can be harmless. But possible signs and symptoms can include:
∙Swelling in your scrotum
∙A lump in one or both of your testicles
∙A visible twisted veins in your scrotum, which often looked like a bag of worms
∙A recurring pain in your scrotum
The exact cause of varicocele is still unknown. However, it is believed that varicocele is caused by defective valves in the
veins of your scrotum. These valves are responsible for regulating the flow of blood from and to your testicles.
When these valves malfunction and do not work the way they should, the veins swell and grow larger. These causes
varicocele to develop slowly over time.
Varicoceles are not a medical emergency condition, but it can be serious if you want to have a biological child and
your condition will be left untreated for a long while. Varicocele contributes to 40% of all cases of infertility.
Researchers believe that when there is a buildup of blood in your veins, the temperature inside your scrotum
increases, thus affecting your sperm count and/or the production of your sperm.
Treatment for varicocele is not always necessary. But you may want to consider treatment if varicocele causes:
The surgical procedure for varicocele involves tying off the affected vein to redirect the blood flow toward the normal
veins. This procedure is minimally invasive. If you opt to have this procedure, you can return to your usual activity
after a week or two.
Mostly, you won’t experience any symptoms at all. You may experience a little discomfort during certain activities,
but it doesn’t cause serious and long-term health problems. If you are concerned about fertility, you can discuss it
with your medical provider.
If you or your loved one has varicoceles, have them/yourself checked. You can schedule an appointment with Doral
Health and Wellness Urology Center’s best urologist in Brooklyn. Our specialists will work with you in managing
your condition. To schedule an appointment, please visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11212, or