What are the Symptoms of Varicocele?

What are the Symptoms of Varicocele?

A varicocele is a group of enlarged veins in the scrotum, a skin coloured sac which holds the testicles.  The condition causes an obstacle in the flow of blood through the veins in that region.  Below, we discuss the symptoms of varicocele which will help you identify the condition.

Symptoms of Varicocele

The symptoms are categorised into three:

  • Appearance of the scrotum
  • Pain in the scrotum
  • Pathological problems

Appearance of the Scrotum

Here are the symptoms that might help you recognise varicoceles by the look and feel of the scrotum:

  • Enlarged veins: A cluster of swollen veins may be visible in your scrotum and they may look like a bag of worms.
  • Testicle size: One testicle may appear larger than the other. In this case, the scrotum affected with varicoceles will have the smaller testicle. Usually, the left scrotum develops varicoceles because of the arrangement of veins on that side.
  • Lump: If you feel a lump in your scrotum, you must visit your doctor immediately. It is important to note that if the lump is in fact varicoceles then chances are that you will not feel any pain.

Pain in the Scrotum

Acute pain caused by varicoceles is not common. However, it can become painful if the veins are too enlarged and the problem is not diagnosed soon enough. The pain might be continuous dull aching type or might worsen while standing/after exercise.

Pathological Problems

The symptoms of varicoceles that fall into this category are far more serious than the above-mentioned ones:

  • Infertility:If you and your partner are unable to conceive due to low sperm count/motility, then varicoceles could be one factors that may be interfering with the process. The enlarged veins increase the temperature in that area and disallow smooth production of healthy sperms.

If you feel that you are suffering from this condition, consult a good doctor.