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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
A varicocele is a condition that causes the veins in your scrotum to become enlarged and dilated. The scrotum is the sac that holds the testicles. A varicocele can cause infertility because it prevents sperm from flowing out of the testicles.
- NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Wear an athletic supporter:
An athletic supporter may reduce pressure and treat your varicocele.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have pain in your scrotum.
- You have a lump on your scrotum.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
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