Varicocele is the enlargement of the pampiniform plexus venous, veins that holds the testicles in the scrotum due to blood pooling. The Articles further illustrate the role of exercises in the treatment of varicocele; “varicocele cure exercises“.
Normally, the veins holding the testicles in the scrotum are supposed to carry the blood back to the heart. However, when these veins are not functioning properly the blood starts pooling the veins, this pooling of blood can cause inflammation and oxidative stress for sperm in the testicles which can cause infertility.
Conventional treatment for varicocele:
Since Varicocele can not be treated by any medicine therefore surgery is the only option left for treatment. The doctor might give you medicines such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen to get relief from pain or discomfort but medicine can not treat varicocele. What are the conventional treatments for varicocele:
The urologist will make a small cut above the scrotum, then proceeds to clamp or bind the veins. This process is known as microscopic varicocelectomy. The patient is discharged on the same day and the procedure takes around 2-3 hours.
The urologist performs the procedure of ligating the veins through the abdomen using a microscopic tube. This procedure generally takes lesser time than microscopic varicocelectomy and the patient is discharged the same day. This procedure is known as laparoscopic varicocelectomy.
Side effects of surgical treatment:
- Recurrence of varicocele
- fluid accumulation around the testicle (hydrocele formation)
- Hematoma: bleeding outside of the blood vessels into the tissues
- loss of testicle if any artery gets injured
Varicocele embolization is an alternative to surgical treatment. It involves inserting a catheter through groin or neck veins and then placing a coil into the varicocele through the catheter to stop blood pooling in the vein.
Side effects of embolization:
- Displacement of coil from the location it was placed at
- Varicocele recurrence
It is evident from the above-mentioned facts that every treatment be it surgical or non-surgical, they have some side-effects. These side-effects are the reason that people look for other options of treatment which do not have any side-effects.
Can Exercise treat Varicocele:
There are no clear risk factors that are responsible for causing varicocele. However, various research studies suggest a relation between constipation and varicocele. The constipation puts increased pressure on the veins connected to the testicles which can damage these veins.
Around 28% of the general adult population is known to suffer from varicocele due to constipation. 1
Ayurveda suggests some yoga asanas that can be performed to treat varicocele:
Mountain pose or Tadasana 2
Shoulder stand or Sarvangasana 3
Standing forward bend or Uttanasana 4
Legs up the wall or Viparita karani 5
Boat pose or Navasana 6
Wind relieving pose or Pavanamuktasana 7
Fish pose or Matsyasana 8
Kegel exercise involves contracting and relaxing your pelvic floor muscles. Try to tighten your pelvic muscles for 10 seconds and then relax for 10 seconds, repeat the pattern for at least 10 times twice or thrice a day.
Kegel exercises can also help you with urinary incontinence (loss of bladder control) and passing of stool as they strengthen your pelvic muscles which are involved in urination or bowel movements.
Does walking heals varicocele:
You should avoid doing exercises that can increase the strain on your abdomen or groin as it is only going to worsen your situation. Long brisk walks most certainly can help if you are suffering from varicocele as these walks will keep the blood circulation in check and they are a great of way doing workout without putting any extra pressure on your body.
What are some risk factors that you can avoid to prevent or worsen your varicocele:
- Sitting for long durations
- Alcohol and cigarette smoking
- Coffee and caffeinated drinks
- over-eating and fast food
- Uncomfortable undergarments
- Keep your testicles cool by taking cold water shower, not wearing tight clothes, and wearing comfortable under wear rather than tight briefs.
- Avoid heavy weight lifting
- Avoid Squats or deadlifts if you are already suffering from varicocele
- Eat a balanced diet that has enough fiber
- Stay active
Since most of the treatment for varicocele have negative side-effects or high recurrence rate, many people are now looking for options that are safe and works on the underlying problem that causes varicocele in the first place.
Yoga asanas, kegel exercises, or walking do not produce any negative effect. Hence, people are inclined to use them for the treatment of their varicoceles.
However, it is highly recommended that you consult doctor before trying any option of treatment as varicocele can affect fertility in males.