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Q. I am diagnosed with varicocele grade 2. What has to be done?

Answered by
Dr. Vaibhav
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 02, 2019

Hello doctor,

Diagnosed with varicocele grade 2. I have a lot of queries. Can it be treated? Will varicocele affect my sexual life? Will it lead to infertility (what are the percentages of chances) or is it controversial? Will sexual activity complicate my varicocele? Should I avoid sexual intercourse? Can I go to the gym?

Dr. Vaibhav



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Varicocele needs operation is two cases only. If it causes too much discomfort or pain or as a treatment of infertility. Not every varicocele causes infertility or problem in sexual life. Only if infertility occurs then varicocele treatment is needed. There is no fixed percent cases but chances are low. You can go to the gym, no problem in that. You should do repeat sonography after three months to check for the status of varicocele. You should also do a semen analysis to get an idea of your fertility status.

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Will it increase with sexual intercourse?

Dr. Vaibhav



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No, sexual intercourse frequency and time period have no effect on varicocele. My only advice, for now, is do not wear tight underwear. Avoid long bike ride, sleep without underwear at night. Avoid bath with too hot water. All these to prevent temperature rise in the scrotum and repeat sonography after three months and semen analysis.

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