Can Varicocele Cause Birth Defects?

Can you have a baby if you have varicocele?

If men with a palpable varicocele and poor sperm quality have treatment, the chances of their partner becoming pregnant could possibly improve.

Most couples who are trying for a baby will succeed within two years.

If it takes them longer, they are considered to have a fertility problem.

What happens if varicocele is left untreated?

A varicocele might cause: Shrinkage of the affected testicle (atrophy). It’s not clear what causes the testicle to shrink, but the malfunctioning valves allow blood to pool in the veins, which can result in increased pressure in the veins and exposure to toxins in the blood that may cause testicular damage.

Can varicocele cause permanent infertility?

Infertility rates among those with varicoceles, however, are higher than those without them. The main concern with varicoceles is that the bulge of veins may damage sperm and lower sperm count. In those individuals with an average sperm count, a varicocele is unlikely to cause infertility.

Can defective sperm cause birth defects?

Smoking has been shown to alter the DNA in sperm. And three-quarters of babies with foetal alcohol syndrome – birth defects normally associated with maternal consumption of alcohol during pregnancy – are reported to have fathers with alcohol use problems.

Can varicocele go away by itself?

They are much like varicose veins of the leg. Most often, they occur after puberty on the left side of the scrotum. Once a varicocele is present, it will not go away on its own. Most people with varicoceles have no symptoms.

What is the home remedy for varicocele?

Varicocele: Management and Treatment

  • Wearing a jockstrap during exercise or prolonged standing.
  • Avoiding activity that causes the discomfort.
  • Applying ice to the scrotum and groin, and/or.
  • Taking the occasional over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

What does varicocele pain feel like?

Signs of varicoceles include: Swollen veins in your scrotum that feel kind of like worms. A heavy, uncomfortable, or dull aching feeling in the scrotum. A painless testicular lump.

Can varicocele be cured without surgery?

Open surgical ligation, performed by a urologist, is the most common treatment for symptomatic varicoceles. Varicocele embolization, a nonsurgical treatment performed by an interventional radiologist, is as effective as surgery with less risk, less pain and less recovery time.

Why is varicocele more common on left?

Varicoceles are more common on the left for anatomical reasons: The angle at which the left testicular vein enters the left renal vein. Lack of effective valves between the testicular and renal veins. This is sometimes called the nutcracker syndrome or aorto-left renal vein entrapment syndrome.

Does varicocele get worse over time?

They can grow larger and you may notice them more over time. Varicoceles are more common on the left side of the scrotum. Most of the time, varicoceles cause no problems and are harmless. Less often varicoceles can cause pain, problems fathering a child, or one testicle to grow slower or shrink.

Can heavy lifting cause varicocele?

Heavy lifting may also cause pressure build up in the varicocele. In some men, varicoceles can cause shrinking (atrophy) of the testicles. In many cases, when the varicocele is treated on the affected side, the testicle may return to normal size.

What percentage of men with varicoceles are infertile?

Varicoceles are identified in 35-40 percent of men with primary infertility and 81 percent of men with secondary infertility (men who were able to father a child in the past).