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Is it possible to get rid of varicocele naturally?

I'm 13 years old and I got my first varicocele a while back. I masturbate 1-3 per week. I noticed there's a vein on my left testicle when I got back from vacation. A few months later, a varicocele popped up on my right testicle. Now my left testicle is full of varicocele. And my sperm count has decreased.


Answer

You are seeing veins on your scrotum, not varicoceles. Varicoceles are internal and cannot be seen with your eyes, just as you cannot see your testicles, only the scrotum that contains your testicles.

Your veins contain miniature valves that act as one-way gates. When your heart beats it pushes blood through the gates, back toward the heart. As it gears up for another beat, the values keep gravity from pulling the blood back down. A varicocele is when some of the valves in the veins inside your scrotum fail. The veins get swollen and feels like you have "worms" in your scrotum. It also hurts because the veins are getting over stretched.

What you are seeing are the veins beneath your skin. Likely you can see them on the bottom of your forearms as well. As your genitals get bigger, the skin gets thinner, allowing you to see through the surface. Your veins and arteries are also getting bigger because your genitals use a lot of blood, such as when you have an erection. You need bigger highways to handle the increased traffic.

Sperm are microscopic cells that are in your semen. They cannot be seen with the naked eye. You need a strong microscope to see sperm. Thus, it is not possible for you to know whether your sperm count is going up or down. What you can notice is how much semen you ejaculate. That quantity varies between each ejaculation. Semen is produced in your seminal vesicles. If you ejaculate frequently, your reserves of semen can be depleted and the amount you ejaculate will go down. If you have a temporary decrease in your testosterone levels, the amount of semen produced in your seminal vesicles will also decrease. Variation is normal and not something to worry about.