How is a varicocele diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider may diagnose a varicocele after examining your symptoms during a physical exam. To confirm a diagnosis, you might have an ultrasound test, which can provide more detail of the testicular veins.

Your provider may recommend semen tests or blood tests if you are concerned that a varicocele may affect your fertility. Some insurance providers cover semen tests, but others might not.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/08/2020.


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