What is the prognosis (outlook) for people with varicoceles?

Many people with a varicocele have no symptoms at all. While some people with a varicocele experience mild discomfort during certain activities, it doesn’t cause serious or long-term health problems.

If you are concerned about your fertility, talk to your healthcare provider about whether surgery to treat a varicocele may improve your chances of having a child.

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


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