Decreased Testicular Function due to Varicose VeinsThe scrotal varicocele is a well-recognized cause of decreased testicular function and is present in about 40% of infertile males and up to 80% of DI. A varicose vein disorder can be a cause of male infertility but is fortunately, also the most surgically correctable. Once a varicocele is diagnosed, a medical history will be analyzed, the anatomy and function of the varicocele will be explained, along with the possible methods of surgical repair. See also our glossary definition of varicocele/varicose veins.
If a varicocele is found, sometimes surgery to ligate (tie off) the abnormally dilated veins is recommended. If the varicocele is of significant size (Grade II or Grade III), about two thirds of men undergoing the surgery will see some improvement in sperm quality. The reported pregnancy rates following surgery are in the range of 40%, but most pregnancies occur 6-9 months following surgery, so the age of the female partner needs to be a major consideration. If the initial sperm count and sperm motility are in the severe male factor infertility category, the couple might have to consider other options such as sperm retrieval and IVF.
Nitrous Oxide and the Pro-Nox System
MFS and FCC are introducing the use of nitrous oxide with the Pro-Nox System, a safe and effective analgesic method that has been used in hospitals and medical practices for decades. The system rapidly deploys a 50/50 mix of Oxygen and Nitrous Oxide to help ease a patient's pain and anxiety. This option will now be available for patients undergoing in-office procedural care at MFS and FCC. Learn more about nitrous oxide and the Pro-Nox system today.