A varicocele occurs in the scrotum. The scrotum is a loose sac of skin that holds your testicles. It also has the arteries and veins (pampiniform plexus) that carry blood to the reproductive glands. A swelling and enlargement of the veins within the scrotum may result in a varicocele. It might feel like a bag of worms and is quite similar to a varicose vein that occurs in the leg. More common in males aged 15 to 25, varicoceles can be found in 20 percent of adolescent male population and around 15 percent of the adult males.


A dull, recurring pain in the testicle(s)

Impaired fertility

A lump in the testicle(s)

A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum.

Discomfort and swelling in the testicle

Smaller testicle on the side of the dilated veins

Visibly enlarged or twisted veins in your scrotum, that can be described as looking like a bag of worms

Problems fathering a child

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