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Medications and Supplements

Varicocele does not always need to be treated. However, if the condition causes discomfort or pain, fertility-related problems or testicular atrophy, you may want to consider varicocele repair.

Treatment usually involves surgical procedures and no medications are commonly prescribed to resolve this issue. Because varicoceles can lead to infertility, it is important to start the treatment early in order for your sperm production to improve.

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Common Medications and Supplements to Treat Varicocele

Varicoceles cannot be treated with oral medications. Treatment usually includes open surgery, varicocelectomy, or varicocele embolization.

However, if your varicoceles do not affect your testicular functioning and you only want to address the pain or discomfort, you may take over-the-counter pain relief medicines such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

Your Atlanta urologist can advise you on the best course of treatment.

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Supplements or Natural Products for Varicocele

If you want to address varicoceles naturally, you may consume 1000 mg of bioflavonoids everyday, 1000 mg of Vitamin C three times a day with your meals, 30 mg of Zinc daily and 400 IU of Vitamin E each day. Supplements do not cure varicocele but may help manage your condition somewhat.

Herbal remedies that claim to improve the strength and functioning of the veins may also be used to manage varicoceles. These include:

  • Horse Chestnut (Aesculus Hippocastanum)
  • Butcher’s Broom (Ruscus aculeatus)
  • Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Because these treatments haven’t been evaluated by the FDA to treat or cure disease, they may not be as effective as traditional medications.

What to Do When Medication Doesn’t Work for Varicocele

When medications fail, it is recommended to undergo surgical procedures for varicocele repair. These procedures methods include

  • Open surgery – The doctor will approach the enlarged vein through your groin, or through an incision below your groin or in your abdomen. A surgical microscope or Doppler ultrasound may be used for better accuracy and effectiveness of the procedure.
  • Laparoscopic surgery – A tiny incision will be made in the abdomen and a small instrument will be passed through this to view and repair the varicocele.
  • Percutaneous embolization – During this less commonly used treatment method, the radiologist inserts a tube into a vein located in your groin or neck and then releases coils or a solution that creates a blockage in the veins and interrupts the flow of blood, thereby repairing the varicocele.

At this point, you’ve probably researched your symptoms online and come to a conclusion about your condition. Maybe you’ve entered queries like “where to get varicocele treatment near me” or “urologist near me.” If this is you Advanced Urology is here for you. Call Advanced Urology in Atlanta today at 678-344-8900 to learn more about treatment options and make an appointment.