The thought of a painful problem with their testicles is enough to leave most men cupping their balls and mewing like a newborn kitten, or a wounded footballer. Fortunately, whilst varicocele sounds serious, it‘s not life threatening. It is a caused when a collection of varicose veins form around the scrotum. These veins are present in the spermatic cord, which delivers sperm from the testicles to the penis, but occasionally a defective valve can prevent backflow of blood out of the testicles. The most common symptom is a dull ache at the top of the scrotum, but it is not a serious condition. Treatment can involve anti-inflammatory medication, or a minor operation to remove the varicocele. A dull ache in your testicles can be indicative of other conditions as well, most seriously testicular cancer. It is therefore extremely important to get checked out by your GP if you present any of these symptoms.
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