Have you recently felt pain down your testicles? Do you feel better when you lie down? If your answer is yes, you may have got varicocele.
Some men may feel discomfort, mild pain and the sensation that they have something weighing down their testicles, when in fact it is a condition called varicocele. It is widely spread in the world and more common than what many people think. In fact, most men will suffer from varicocele, and they will not know. Many undiagnosed varicocele cases are not discovered nor diagnosed in young men. Some of them discover they have varicocele when they try to have children of their own. This is because varicocele can cause infertility in men. In fact is one of the most common causes of male infertility.
Do you know what varicocele is?
Varicocele is an inflammation of the veins that are located under the testicles and that transport blood to them. When these veins struggle to transport blood, they can, in turn, become larger than they should. When they are significantly swollen, the heat control mechanisms on the male reproductive system start to fail. When they can no longer maintain the testicles cold enough, sperm quality can be affected big time. This is the reason that varicocele is one of the main causes of male infertility.
So, should varicocele be treated surgically or naturally?
This decision is a tough one indeed. The medical community is still debating on which are the more adequate candidates for varicocele surgery and which ones do not need to go through the surgical procedure. After all, if surgery is not crucial for the wellbeing or lifestyle of the patient, it should be avoided. Remember that all surgical procedures have even the slightest amount of risk associated with them.
What should you consider before deciding how to treat your varicocele?
Firstly, your doctor will do a physical examination to determine if the varicocele is something you might be concerned about. Varicocele can be detected through this simple examination that doesn’t require previous preparations. Even if your varicocele is small, sometimes your doctor, after diagnosing it, can demand a spermiogram from you so he can decide what to recommend you to do in your situation.
A spermiogram will determine the health of your sperm cells and give your physician enough information to determine if you are infertile, or if the varicocele is affecting the quality of your sperm cells. It is often said that some varicocele is not big enough to affect male fertility and that some men can have them without trouble even suffering a remarkable varicocele condition. Nevertheless, having all of the information is recommended to take a thoughtful decision.
If you are opting out of the surgery, what can you do by yourself? Is there a Natural varicocele treatment without surgery?
1.You can improve the number of antioxidants you eat in your diet.
The damage your body cells suffer from free radicals can be avoided by simply improving your diet. Sperm cells will thank you for it. Some of these foods are fruits like berries, all kinds of peppers, leafy greens like spinach and chard. Omega 3 rich foods are also among the ones that help you in this regard. Fish oils are an example of Omega 3 fatty acids.
2.Avoid using uncomfortable underwear or the kind that doesn’t support your testicle enough
Boxers can be a very fashionable underwear item, but they tend not to support the testicles from the bottom. They are prone to push the penis against the testicles, making varicocele worse over time. Briefs are a perfect option because they don’t exert pressure on the testicles and they also support them from the bottom. They may not be as fashionable, but health is more important than fashion.
- Use cold pads to avoid further swelling
Cold therapy is a great option, to begin with. This is especially desirable in men that have a prominent varicocele and feel the pain constantly. It doesn’t only work easing the pain; it can improve the function of your testicles as heat dispersers for your sperm cells, improving their health in turn.