One of the most common, yet over looked male fertility problems when people are trying to conceive, are vericoseles. This condition affects nearly 10% of males, but in most cases the condition is not sever enough to prevent a male from producing enough healthy sperm to conceive. Too often, when a male has low sperm count, they do the expected things to overcome this issue, such as wear loose boxers and pants, reduce coffee consumption, and take supplements to produce more sperm. These are good remedies to boost sperm production, but if the high temperature of the trapped blood is killing or damaging sperm, these remedies will be for not.
What are Vericoseles?
These are small blood vessels that extend into the scrotum. These are similar the varicose veins you see bulging on people’s legs, just smaller. Blood is supposed to flow into the scrotum to nourish the testes, sperm and prostate gland, and then flow out. Vericoseles are one-way blood vessels that bring blood into the scrotum, but do not remove the blood. As blood collects in the scrotum, it raises the temperature thus damaging or killing the sperm.
Most men with this condition have one to three vericoseles. I was a DES baby. DES (diethylstilbestrol), was a drug women took from 1958 to 1971 to prevent miscarriages. When my urologist went in to remove the vericoseles, he found six blood vessels, and said he believed the large number was a result of the DES exposure, but could not be certain since male fertility issues related to DES exposure, while expected have never been conclusive.
How are Vericoseles Detected?
The easiest way to detect a vericosele is ultrasound. The urologist places an ultrasound machine on the testicle to listen for the sound of blood trapped in the scrotum. This is how my vericoseles were detected. The doctor can’t yet determine the number or condition of the vericoseles yet, only that they exist. An incision into the groin is made to remove the varicose veins, and this is where the surgeon can determine the number and condition of the veins.
It can take 9-12 months before it is known if the vericosele procedure was successful. My urologist sent me to a fertility specialist when my sperm count didn’t return to normal after 9 months. My fertility specialist was a world renowned specialist in helping couples conceive, yet even he got it wrong. Eleven months after the surgery he said the procedure had failed and we should consider adoption or in-vitro fertilization (IVF). I felt he was wrong and did my own research on the procedure. I found some information on the internet that said the procedure can take up to 12 months before normal sperm production returns. Literally two weeks to the day after we received an introduction letter from this fertility specialist to an IVF center he recommended, we conceived naturally. When I looked at the date on the letter, I saw that one year and two days had passed since my vericosele procedure. Since then my wife and I have two beautiful daughters, both conceived naturally.
If you have this procedure, regardless of what the specialists say, wait the full 12 months before determining if the procedure is successful or not. The human body heals on its own time, so give it the full 12 months.
Ken Weiss is blogger passionate about natural health cures for men’s health issues. You can out more at Mens Health Cures