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Varicocele: Symptoms, Complications and Causes

A varicocele often produces no signs or symptoms. Rarely, it might cause pain.

The pain may:

  • Vary from sharp to dull discomfort
    Increase with standing or physical exertion, especially over long periods
    Worsen over the course of a day
    Be relieved when you lie on your back
    Impaired fertility
  • With time, varicoceles might enlarge and become more noticeable. A varicocele has been described as looking like a “bag of worms.” The condition might cause a swollen testicle, almost always on the left side.

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