What is a Varicocele?
A varicocele is a condition where veins become enlarged inside your scrotum (the pouch of skin that holds your testicles).
They can form during puberty, and can grow larger and easier to notice over time. The condition is more common on the left side of the scrotum. This is because the male anatomy isn’t the same on both sides. They can exist on both sides at the same time, but this is rare. About 10 to 15 boys out of 100 have suffered from this. For a better understanding of the condition please watch the video below.
Most men with a varicocele show no symptoms. But varicoceles are a concern for many reasons. Some may cause infertility or problems fathering a child and slow growth of the left testicle during puberty. It may also lead to fertility problems in 4 out of 10 men facing difficulty fathering their first child. They may also be the cause of fertility problems in about 8 out of 10 wishing to father a second child. In many cases, they cause pain.
Varicoceles are found through self-exam of the scrotum or during a routine doctor’s exam. They’ve been described as a “bag of worms” because of how they look and feel.
I might be suffering from a varicocele, what should I do next?
If you are suffering or suspect that you are suffering from varicoceles, we advise you too book an appointment see a specialist Urologist/Andrologist.
Because they can have various degrees of severity and can affect you sperm health it is important that a comprehensive evaluation is carried out.
Our doctors extensive experience diagnosing and treating of varicocele and our clinic is an international referral centre for patients suffering from the condition. During the consultation, your doctor will examine you and your medical history thoroughly, establishing a tailored diagnosis and help you to treat this.