If someone you know has varicocele or if you have it, then here are 10 facts that you need to know.
1: It is like varicose veins, but not in your legs
As the name indicates, the condition 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 the latter 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 feel the grade 1 with Valsalva Maneuver whereas you can feel Grade 2 without Valsalva Maneuver.
3: No clear cause
While in varicose veins, doctors know what causes it, in varicocele, they are not sure about the cause.
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4: It could be a factor for male infertility
It is usually not painful and it is non-life threatening. But it is better to consult doctor. If it is left untreated, complications may arise in grade 3 which may gradually lead to male infertility.
5: Varicoceles are more common than you think
Varicoceles are usually seen in teens and adults who are 15 years to 25 years old. And it affects around 15% of men.
6: Your doctor may not suggest surgical treatment
Doctors will only suggest surgery, if there are fertility related problems orif other complications arise.
7: Yes, there is something called a Varicocele underwear
When varicoceles do not cause any complications and when doctors do not consider them as serious enough for surgery, they might suggest wearing Varicocele Underwear to reduce the pain and 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.
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10: There are painless surgical methods to cure varicocele
Out of the three options is percutaneous embolization for varicocele which is considered 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 condition.
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