Many cases of male infertility are due to Varicocele, but many people do not even know what varicocele is for sure, nor do they know that this problem can exist until they try a pregnancy and fail. Varicocele is relatively easy to diagnose and depending on the case only good treatment can help. However, the diagnosis of varicocele can be delayed if the investigation is only in the woman for attempts to conceive.
What is varicocele then? Varicocele is nothing more than a dilation of the testicular veins. The dilation affects precisely the most important veins, those that support the testicle in the scrotum and that lead to greater blood circulation to the region and cause swelling of the area. Varicocele prevents circulation from taking blood and oxygenation to the scrotum thereby increasing local temperature and decreasing sperm productionin most cases. So it is a disease that needs to be treated so that the couple can get pregnant, so we can say that varicocele is an inflammation that causes infertility. What causes varicocele are several factors, many hours standing, or even a violent blow in the region can cause this problem. Some men have the development of varicocele for exaggerating the rhythm of exercise in adolescence, the appearance of varicocele is around 15 to 30 years of age and is a slow development. The appearance of a testicle with varicocele is different, depending on the degree, the testicle may be swollen and the veins may be apparent , thicker. The feeling that is heavier is also common.
What is Varicocele? How to Diagnose
The diagnosis for varicocele can be simple, a consultation with a specialist (urologist) can show the problem, but the degree of this problem is verified through ultrasound exams. The simple examination of palpating the testicles even a spermogram can lead to the diagnosis that it really is a varicocele. The treatment for varicocele in more severe cases is surgery for correction, but doctors choose to perform the procedure only in cases where infertility is great and medications or supplements may not favor recovery to the point of achieving healthy sperm for a future pregnancy. The degrees of varicocele are 3:
- Varicocele grade 1> little and is only found when palpating with cough or effort such as breath.
- Grade 2 varicocele> Easily detectable only when palpating effortlessly.
- Varicocele grade 3> Visible, the veins are bulged and only if you look at the difference is noticed.
After the surgery, the period for full recovery of the man is 6 months 1 year ago, it can be said that the vast majority of treated cases are of excellent recovery. Bearing in mind that varicocele is not an aggressive “disease” and treatment is only necessary if there are signs of infertility, in most cases life can be carried out normally unless there is pain. The appearance of varicocele is slow as I said, if it happens suddenly it must be investigated quickly, cases in which it develops too fast are linked to tumors in the same veins that support the testicles. Keep an eye and see a doctor always!
Blogger’s note: My husband has varicocele and even without any surgery we managed to get pregnant naturally 4 times. The treatment used with him were simple, used terrestrial tribullus , vitamin E and also an antioxidant. Vitamins were also prescribed, on the occasion he made use of Centrum. The doctor also indicated use of anti-inflammatory drugs, used ketoprofen for 10 days when he was in pain. Anyway, if it is the case with your partner, it is worth looking for a specialist for further help, there will certainly be a solution.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.