Varicoceles and Infertility

pain below the belly man in a white tank top and in jeans If you’ve had trouble conceiving and cannot find why it can be a painful experience. Many factors can contribute to a couple’s struggles with conception. In some cases, a man’s health can be a factor in fertility problems. The best way to confirm if this is the case is to speak to a qualified healthcare professional such as those here at the Vascular Institute of Virginia.

Here is what may contribute to infertility and what you can do about them.


A little-known cause of infertility in men is a condition called varicoceles. Varicoceles enlarge the veins in the scrotum, making proper circulation a challenge. Without adequate circulation, the blood builds up in the veins and can cause various symptoms. In some males, varicoceles develop during puberty and can continue into adulthood, wreaking havoc on fertility planning. Varicoceles can cause the testes to develop improperly and lead to complications.

Other symptoms from varicoceles can include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • A Mass in the testes
  • Different sized testes

Other infertility concerns.

Treating Varicoceles

Varicoceles are responsible for many cases of infertility in men. Here at the Vascular Institute of Virginia, we have many options to help treat varicoceles. The severity of your situation can determine which options may be best for you. In some cases, minimally invasive surgical procedures can help treat varicoceles and help relieve symptoms.

A surgical procedure aims to redirect blood flow to healthy veins and block blood flow to the unhealthy veins that cause Varicoceles to develop.

If you aren’t comfortable with a surgical procedure, some conservative alternatives may be able to help. Other varicocele treatment strategies include:

  • Catheter-directed embolization
  • Adjusting your routine 
  • Using ice packs and over-the-counter medications to help manage pain.

Varicoceles are a condition that affects the veins, and our office specializes in treating and managing these conditions. Our doctors can provide you with an expert opinion backed by many years of experience, so you can rest assured that your care is of the utmost importance.

The first step is to schedule a consultation with one of 3 conveniently located offices. Contact the Vascular Institute of Virginia by calling us today at 703-763-5224.

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