Episode 2: Varicoceles – no one knows your scrotum better than you

In this episode we asked Dr. Eisenberg about varicoceles. Varicoceles are an enlarged bundle of veins in the scrotum. They are very common and can significantly impact a man’s fertility. Here’s what Dr. Eisenberg had to say about them…

Prevalence

  • 15% of all men have a varicocele
  • 40% of men with fertility issues have them
  • 60-80% of men with secondary infertility (has fathered a child before but can’t now) have them

How varicoceles impact fertility

  • Increased blood in scrotum raises temperature and can cook your balls from the inside
  • Reduced blood flow away from the testicle increases the amount of toxins and hazardous molecules that can hurt sperm
  • Increased internal pressure can reduce testicular function

Symptoms

  • Heaviness after long hours standing
  • Dull pain
  • Hanging particularly low
  • Visible enlarged veins in the scrotum
  • Feeling like a “bag of worms”

What can you do about it?

  • Varicocelectomy: surgery to cut out enlarged veins
  • Varicocele embolization: a thin catheter inserts clotting agents that seal off the the veins
  • Assisted reproduction: depending on the severity of the varicocele, techniques like IUI, IVF and ICSI may be used to assist conception.


Sara SDx

Sara SDx

Editor of Don't Cook your Balls, Co-Founder of TrakFertility.com, Health Coach and Men's Health Advocate. Passionate about sperm, men's health and helping people build their families.
Sara SDx

Author: Sara SDx

Editor of Don't Cook your Balls, Co-Founder of TrakFertility.com, Health Coach and Men's Health Advocate. Passionate about sperm, men's health and helping people build their families.