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One of the common causes of male infertility is a low sperm count. If you or your partner have had a semen analysis and the sperm count is low, make sure you ask your fertility specialist to check for a Varicocele.

What is Varicocele?

A Varicocele is a collection of swollen varicose veins around one or both testes. Sometimes you can notice swelling around the testes, which is usually more visible when standing up. Men with Varicocele, don’t usually feel any pain, however, sometimes it can be uncomfortable or painful. 

How does Varicocele affect fertility? 

These swollen varicose veins may warm the testis and affect sperm production. If you have low sperm count, discuss Varicocele with your doctor and if appropriate, they can examine your testicles to diagnose Varicocele. 

What is the treatment for Varicocele?

Varicocoele detectable on examination can be treated and smaller ones which are only found on ultrasound do not need to be treated.

Treatment for a Varicocele is surgical or radiological. Your fertility specialist will discuss your options with you and work out the best way to improve the sperm count and fertility. 

Learn more about male infertility.

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