If someone you know has varicocele or if you have it then here are 10 facts about it that you need to know.
1: It is like varicose veins, but not in your legs
As the name might indicate it is similar to varicose veins. Varicose veins occur in legs whereas the varicocele occurs around the testicles. Varicose veins is easily visible to naked eye whereas vericocele can only be felt if it is a grade 3 one.
2: Varicoceles may be invisible
There are three grades of varicocele. Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3. Grade 1 and Grade 2 types are invisible. But you can fell the grade 1 with Valsalva Maneuver whereas you can feel Grade 2 without Valsalva Maneuver.
3: No clear cause
In varicose veins, doctors knows what causes it whereas they are not sure about what causes varicocele.
4: It could be a be a factor in male infertility
If you have varicocele, then it is usually not painful and it is non-life threatening. But it is better consult doctor. Since if it is left untreated, complications may arise if it is grade 3. Since grade 3 might lead to male infertility.
5: Varicoceles are more common than you think
Varicocele is usually seen in teens and adults who are 15 years to 25 years old. And it effects around 15% of men.
6: Your doctor may not suggest surgical treatment
Doctors will only suggest surgery, if there are fertility related problems and if other complications arise.
7: Yes, there is something called a Varicocele underwear
When the it is not causing any complications and when doctors do not consider it as serious enough for surgery. And doctor might suggest wearing Varicocele Underwear to reduce the pain and may also prescribe over the counter pain-killers.
8: Yes, testicle shrinkage is a real thing
The complications which may arise are infertility, testicle shrinkage and hormone imbalances.
9: There are a number of surgeries that can help cure varicocele
Varicocele surgeries are varicocelectomy, laparoscopic surgery and percutaneous embolization.
10: There are painless surgical methods to cure varicocele
Out of the three options percutaneous embolization for varicocele is considered as better than others since it is minimally invasive and the risks related to it are less. But it is better to consult the doctor to know which is best suitable for your conditions.
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