When the valves of the testicular veins malfunction, they cause the blood to pool in certain areas of the scrotum, the loose bag of skin that holds the testicles. This pooling of blood in the veins of the testicles cause them to enlarge, much like the varicose veins that happen in the leg. Varicoceles develop over a long period of time, but can be a big problem for men. Approximately about 15% of the male population faces this problem.

The pooling blood causes trouble in the circulation around the testicles, thus affecting the environment and temperature inside them. It is a well known fact that the scrotum of a man is at a different temperature than the rest of their body, so the sperm can be protected. Thus, varicoceles cause decreased sperm count, decreased motility, and poor morhoplogy in men, thus becoming a cause of infertility.

Symptoms of Varicoceles

The most daunting part about varicoceles is that they remain asymptomatic for a rather long time, often going unnoticed. In a majority of cases, men only find out about their varicoceles when they get checked for fertility issues. In the rare cases that varicoceles cause pain, the pain occurs due to long periods of sitting, and even then, it is just mild to moderate. The only viable symptom that they have is that they cause infertility in men.


At SOI, you can get one of the most common treatments of varicoceles and the most effective one as well; Microscopic Varicocelectomy. In this, the swollen veins are tied off while preserving the blood flow into the testicles. The result of this procedure is a dramatic improvement in reproductive health of men.


No, varicoceles do not go away on their own.

For most people, the blood around the testicle is bound to cause some pressure, resulting in the shrinkage of the testes. However, varicocele may have a strong possibility of causing infertility in men especially if left untreated for a long time.

Heavy lifting is the cause of varicocele in a significant number of men. Aside from this, heavy lifting is also known to worsen the symptoms in a number of cases as well.

Exercising with Varicocele is a possibility if you know what possess danger to your health. It is important to identify what exercises are good for your health and what are not. Following specific precautions is important of you wish to exercise with a varicocele. For more information talk to one of our experts by booking an appointment.

After the treatment, it will take about 2 days to return to normal non-strenous activities. For strenuous activities, it may take up to 2 weeks to be prepared, which is also based on how comfortable you are. Pain is generally mild and may last for about a few days to a few weeks depending on your condition.

The pressure of the pooling blood on the testicles causes pain in a varicocele.