Mr. Daniel Johnson, B.Sc.
When blood pools in the varicocele, it causes excess heat, hyper-hydration, oxidation, toxin buildup, and depletion of nutrients, resulting in many negative side effects. The major side effects are enlarged veins, pain, decreased fertility, scrotal sag, testicular shrinkage, and decreased testosterone. Many people experience some of the following symptoms as well: Embarrassment, gynecomastia, erectile dysfunction, weak or quickly lost erections, low sex drive, decreased masculinity, low motivation, decreased muscle tone, infertility, and increased estrogen.
About one in four people with varicocele experience fertility problems. That is about 2-4% of the population. The main parameters used for assessing fertility are sperm count, volume, morphology, and motility, as well as sperm DNA damage, and testicular volume. Varicocele negatively effects all these parameters.
Varicocele can also cause a decrease in testosterone levels, leading to lowered sexual performance and slight feminization of the body and mind (e.g., enlargement of breast tissue, erectile dysfunction, passivity and decrease assertiveness).
Lower testicular volume is common in those diagnosed with a varicocele. Testicular volume is normally greater than 15 cm³. Varicocele causes an average decrease of 5 cm³ in volume on the affected side. Notably, the unaffected side may also shrink because of the disruption of normal hormone production in the effected side. Higher grade and bilateral varicoceles cause the biggest decrease in volume, and have the most sever symptoms.
What Causes Varicocele Pain
Varicocele pain is typically felt in the testicles and is caused simply by two things:
Varicocele Toxic Blood Pooling
Varicocele occurs when blood does not circulate well and pools. Pooled blood is toxic. It causes oxidative damage, heat stress, hypoxia, cellular waste buildup, and nutrient deprivation. Simply put, this means stress and damage to the sperm, testicles, veins and vein vales. You feel pain when your testicles are under stress or are being damaged by toxic blood pooling.
Unhealthy Testicles (Risk Factors)
Many people think that their testicular pain is only caused by varicocele. That is not the case. Many times, their lack of care for their testicles is what's causing the pain. Various lifestyle factors contribute to unhealthy testicles--all of which are 100% controllable. Examples of lifestyle factors include: Smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol or coffee in excess, improper underwear type, lack of care during physical activity, overweight or obesity, testicular hyperthermia, and many more. Correcting these lifestyle factors will help minimize testicular pain.
Can You Treat Varicocele Pain?
Yes you can. As I've mentioned, both varicocele toxic blood pooling and unhealthy testicles can be treated naturally, at home, and without surgery. For examples of treatments please visit my Varicocele Pain Relief blog.
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