There are many men who suffer from various diseases like depression and male infertility. They don’t know how it causes but somehow their sexual health is affected. But do you know about varicose veins, how it occurs and what it does? There are many people who are aware of such condition as it is also known as varicosity but many think that it occurs on the lower extremely such as calves and thighs but most of them don’t know that varicose can also occur on male testicles. These testicular varicose veins are called as varicoceles which can lead to several other problems. However one should know about such diseases and should aware of what to do when it occurs. Here in this articles, you would get to know about varicocele, its symptoms, treatment and many more.
What is a Varicocele?
Testicles is hold by scrotum which is a skin covered sac. It consists arteries and veins which delivers blood to reproductive glands. This vein defect in scrotum may result in varicocele. This is defined as an enlargement of veins within scrotum. It occurs in the scrotum and is almost similar to varicose veins which comes in the legs. Due to this, sperm production is decreased and its quality is also faded and this can somewhere result to infertility where the testicles also gets shrink. Though men don’t know much about varicocele but it is common and can be found in 15 percent of male population. It can affect teenage boys and form at the time of puberty and mostly seen on the left side of scrotum. The structure of scrotum is not the same on each side so this condition can occur on both sides but it is seen very rare. In fact all varicoceles don’t affect sperm production.
How Varicocele Develop?
It is believed that varicoceles is caused by defective valves in veins within scrotum which is just above the testicles. These valves are known to control blood flow to and from testicles. But when normal blood flow stops then blood backups and veins gets enlarged. It happens mostly at the time of puberty when testicles are on a growth and requires much blood. It is seen that around 85 percent occurs in left testicle area. Due to the condition, blood circulation becomes poor which results in high blood temperature, increasing the temperature of testes and this works as a blockade in sperm production and completely destroy the sperm which is created. However still now there is no clear statement about development of varicocele. It develops slowly over time and seen between the ages of 15 to 25.
Symptoms of a Varicocele
You may not notice any symptoms of varicocele but can experience some changes like:
- Swelling in scrotum
- Periodic pain on scrotum
- Bulge on one of the testicles
- Enlarged or twisted veins in scrotum and is often described as bag of worms
Some other problems are described
Fertility problems– Varicoceles and infertility is linked somewhere because decreased motility of sperm, reduced sperm count and increasing deformed sperm are all linked to this condition. It blocks the veins around testes and is believed that it causes infertility by increasing the temperature in scrotum and decrease in sperm production.
Pain– This is for every men who feel pain in their testicles while sitting for longer time or at the time of exercising then it is a sign of varicoceles. Painful varicoceles are noticeable in size and if it is not cured on time then it can lead to infertility.
Testicular atrophy– If your testicles are shrinking then it is also considered as suffering from such condition but if it is cured then it can return to its normal size.
However all these are the signs of occurring varicocles but if these symptoms are not seen but experiencing such types of signs then it can be cleared by noninvasive tests like ultrasound.
Methods of Treatment for Varicoceles
It is not important every time to treat varicocele but if you have the condition then it would be better to treat it soon because it will give you high chances of improving sperm production. However when you have serious pain on testes, causes testicular atrophy and not getting any other option then you should go forward to treat it.
This method is less disturbing and it’s a same day procedure. In this process a small catheter is injected into groin and after that a coil is placed into catheter and in the varicocele. It blocks the blood from getting abnormal veins.
Surgical option is one of the efficient treatment which provides complete relief to such issue. Though surgical ways are somehow might expensive and many don’t get properly cured but most of them go for such option to get relief soon.
It is also one of the common method to cure testicular varicose veins. This is performed by urologist where an incision is made in skin above scrotum down the testicular veins, tied with sutures. Though this process is also done in the same day but many patients of surgical ligations are need to stay in hospital overnight. This treatment can take two-three week recovery period.
Home Remedies Options
Many men who are fed of such conditions and don’t know about other treatments, they can go for home remedies which can very easily cure varicoceles in males. The home remedies can be used any time before going for surgical treatments. However some of the ways are mentioned which can help men to treat their varicose veins in testicles and cure infertility problem.
- One can take vitamins like C and E, zinc and bioflavanoid supplements to treat such condition
- Some natural ingredients will be helpful like autumn joy, piper cubeba, horse chestnut, alstonia, butcher’s broom, bilberry etc but before taking these ingredients, it would be better to consult a herbalogist or doctor.
- Some diet plans will be helpful and should avoid some foods such as junk foods, processed foods, margarine, fast foods, alcohol and white flour products. Whereas olive oil, fish oil, poultry, fresh fruits, whole grains and vegetables are recommended. Some organic foods are recommended and always be sure you are hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, especially water.