Exercising with Varicocele(S)
How to make exercising less stressful & more therapeutic for varicocele.
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Exercise The Wrong Way = Testicular Damage
Look guys, these DOs & DON'Ts for weight lifting and exercising with varicocele WILL HELP. You don't have to follow all of it, but really get the idea: All of these tips help, independent of exercise type, be it:
✓DO A cool shower before a workout helps (but is not necessary)
✗Don’t No masturbation for minimum 2-3 hours pre-workout.
✗Don’t No working out on a full stomach (give minimum 1-2 hours to digest)
✓DO Cooling underwear like STUD Briefs
✓DO Promote muscle balance and posture with your workout
✗Don’t No tight belts
✗Don’t No tight pants (around waist or crotch)
✗Don’t No tight underwear (unless specifically designed for varicocele)
✗Don’t No protein shakes or energy drinks during workout
✓DO Stretch to promote muscular mobility (especially hip mobility)
✓DO Perform yoga inversion exercises improve testicular blood circulation and cooling
✓DO A cooling shower post-workout is almost mandatory, ideally take overall cool shower (no discomfort required)
✗Don’t Shove your testicles into hot heat trapping underwear and pants for hours
More Things to Consider
Poor lifestyle habits like smoking, alcohol consumption, coffee, poor posture, excessive setting, and many other controlable varicocele risk factors also play a major role.
Question: "What all exercise can be performed in the gym or otherwise if one has grade 3 varicocele? Also, what all activities to avoid at all costs? Is running allowed?"
You can only exercise at the gym with varicocele IF you follow specific precautions. Typically, most activity types are "high risk" and can both worsen varicocele, and varicocele symptoms. This includes running, biking, weight lifting, martial arts, basketball, volleyball, sports, etc. So, we need to be smart when it comes to exercising, and follow specific precautions, some of which I'll cover in this blog post. For a complete list of exactly what precautions to follow, and all of the most important lifestyle changes and at home treatments for varicocele, get the Varicocele Healing Guide.
1. Postural Imbalance
Postural imbalances typically worsen the nutcracker effect and increase blood pooling because they pressurize and prevent blood from leaving the testicles to go back to the heart. Always work on improving your posture! This means open up your chest, shoulders, and improve both spinal and hip alignment.
Does improving posture help? Yes. It helps immensely.
2. Hip Flexor Tightness
Hip flexor tightness is a result of excessive sitting, and then a lack of corrective exercises during activity. Hip flexor tightness increases varicocele swelling in a similar manner to the nutcracker effect. It compresses the blood vessels and impairs blood leaving the testicles.
Many people have tight and weak hip flexors and will benefit from regular stretching and strengthening. This helps a specific subset of men.
3. Overheating of the Testicles
When your testicles overheat, your varicocele swelling increases significantly. It is especially important for exercise to maximally cool your testicles. This means wearing proper underwear during exercise, and taking a cool shower after exercise.
4. Poor Exercise Technique: Increased Blood Pooling
So, your main concern during exercise is varicocele toxic blood pooling. Varicocele toxic blood pooling results in increased testicular temperature, and toxicity build-up. So, in order to make exercising okay, we must make the right adjustments to both minimize any varicocele toxic blood pooling, and treat any toxicities that arise from it.
Perfecting your exercise technique makes a big difference in preventing varicocele toxic blood pooling. You can read this free article on the topic: Varicocele: Posture & Exercise Technique
While most exercise types can be a risk factor for varicocele swelling, and symptoms, there is a lot that you can do to make them more therapeutic and less stressful for varicocele.
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The right Yoga asanas can be great for both varicocele and infertility [science sources: 1, 2, 3]. Why? Well, yoga has so many benefits for both varicocele & fertility! Yoga is a minimum vertical load activity that both promotes testicular health and treats several controllable varicocele risk factors.
Benefits of Yoga Asanas for Varicocele & Fertility
Looks at the above list, it's not hard to figure out why Yoga is probably the best form of physical activity for varicocele!
Swimming is also a great exercise type for varicocele. Like yoga, swimming is also a minimum vertical load activity, it helps improve cardiovascular health, is cooling for the testicles, and also helps improve some controllable varicocele risk factors.
Benefits of Swimming for Varicocele & Fertility
Yes, swimming is very beneficial for both varicocele and fertility. Actually swimmers tend to have lower rates of varicocele than those who engage in basketball or weight lifting [science source].
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