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What is a varicocele?

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Varicocele, pronounced "vari-co-seel," is when veins in your scrotum swell and get enlarged. It’s a lot like a varicose vein in your leg. It might feel like a bag of worms.

It usually shows up above one your testicles, most often the left one. You can usually see it when you stand up, but not when you lie down.

It should be harmless, but it can be uncomfortable or painful. And it might affect your fertility or cause your testicles to shrink.

From: What Is a Varicocele? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Varicocele: Diagnosis & treatment,” “Varicocele: Symptoms & causes.”

Urology Care Foundation: “How Are Varicoceles Treated?” “More Information,” “What Are Signs of a Varicocele?” “What Are Varicoceles?” “What Can I Expect After Treatment?”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 01, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Varicocele: Diagnosis & treatment,” “Varicocele: Symptoms & causes.”

Urology Care Foundation: “How Are Varicoceles Treated?” “More Information,” “What Are Signs of a Varicocele?” “What Are Varicoceles?” “What Can I Expect After Treatment?”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 01, 2017

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