What questions should I ask my doctor?

If you have a varicocele, you may want to ask your healthcare provider:

  • Do I need to be treated?
  • Are my symptoms likely to get worse without treatment?
  • What steps can I take to improve my symptoms at home?
  • Could the varicocele affect my fertility?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • Can surgery improve my fertility?

A note from Cleveland Clinic

A varicocele is a common condition that can affect men of different ages and stages of life. Most people experience mild or no symptoms. Deciding whether to treat a varicocele is up to you. Wearing a supportive jockstrap or over-the-counter pain medication may be enough to resolve minor symptoms. Varicoceles can cause male infertility. Surgery to repair a varicocele can sometimes improve fertility. Talk with your healthcare provider about your treatment options, including how surgery may impact your reproductive future.

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


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