Varicocele is quite a common condition in males, affecting about 15 percent of men between the age of 15-35 years. In the condition of varicocele, the veins in the scrotum become enlarged and swollen.

Varicoceles usually develop due to the weakening of vein valves and walls. When this happens, blood starts pooling in the scrotal veins, making them swollen and enlarged.

In the initial stages of varicocele, the symptoms may not be very prominent. But over time, as the condition worsens, you may start noticing symptoms. Your scrotum becomes swollen and the bluish-purple veins become visible. Along with swelling, you may also notice lumps in the scrotum. Also, if swelling is present in the testis, you may also experience severe pain.

The symptoms and after-effects of varicoceles can be severe, but practicing yoga regularly can help improve varicoceles. Yoga works by improving the circulation of the pooled blood. Regular yoga can also shrink mild cases of varicoceles. Not only varicoceles, but yoga is also beneficial for the overall vascular and reproductive health.

Without any delay, let’s get an insight into the best yoga poses for varicoceles:


  • Ananda Balasana (Happy baby pose)

Ananda Balasana is one of the most effective yoga poses for varicoceles. Regular practice of Ananda Balasana stretches the inner groin and tones the pelvic region, thereby reducing the pain due to varicoceles. Ananda Balasana increases the circulation of blood and also improves testicular blood drainage.

Steps to perform Ananda Balasana:

  1. Start by lying down on your back.
  2. Next, bend your knees and try to draw them to the sides of your chest.
  3. Try to hold the sides of your feet with your hands.
  4. Now, slowly try to draw your legs downwards while keeping your back flat on the ground. Do this until you feel a mild stretch.
  5. Maintain the position for about 1 minute.
  • Viparita Karani (Feet up on the wall)

Viparita Karani is a very easy yoga posture that can work wonders in the condition of varicoceles. Viparita Karani significantly reduces pain and improves blood circulation. It also flushes out the blood pooled in the scrotal veins, thereby enhancing testicular cooling. Viparita Karani boosts testosterone production and is very effective in treating infertility.

Steps to perform Viparita Karani:

  1. Put your feet up on the wall and keep them about 20-30 cms apart.
  2. Maintain a 90-120 degree body-to-leg angle.
  3. Stretch your arms sideways and breathe normally.
  4. Maintain the pose for at least 5 minutes.
  • Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

Regular practice of Dhanurasana can help alleviate the symptoms of varicoceles quite remarkably. Dhanurasana stimulates the reproductive organs and improves blood circulation throughout the body. It also stretches the groin area, thereby providing relief from the pain. In addition to the physical benefits, Dhanurasana also relieves stress and anxiety and facilitates faster healing. 

Steps to perform Dhanurasana:

  1. Start by lying down flat on your stomach with your feet apart and your arms beside your body.
  2. Next, fold your knees and try to hold your ankles with your hands.
  3. While inhaling, lift your legs and chest off the ground. Pull your legs back.
  4. After getting comfortable in the pose, breathe deeply.
  5. Maintain the pose for 20-30 seconds.
  • Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose)

Vajrasana is yet another yoga pose that is very effective in the treatment of varicoceles. Vajrasana is known to strengthen the sexual organs. It also strengthens the pelvic muscles, thereby alleviating the pain. Vajrasana also increases blood flow to the pelvic region and thus prevents further worsening of varicoceles.

Steps to perform Vajrasana:

  1. The first step is to kneel down, with the lower legs stretched backward and together.
  2. Next, lower your body. Your buttocks should rest on your heels and your thighs should rest on your calves.
  3. Keep your hands on your knees and keep your head straight.
  4. Stay in this position for 5-10 minutes and breathe normally.

In addition to these yoga postures, deep breathing and meditation can also have miraculous effects. Deep breathing improves bowel and digestive functioning and thus, provides symptomatic relief from varicoceles. Also, these oxygenate and alkalize the blood and improve blood circulation. Meditation also helps relieve stress so that the body can function optimally.

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What to take away from here?

If you routinely practice the aforementioned yoga exercises, you might notice improvement in the condition of your varicocele. Once you start noticing positive results, you will be encouraged to make yoga an important part of your daily life. 

For even better results, you should try to maintain a proper and healthy diet. Avoid eating junk, processed, and greasy foods as these can aggravate varicocele. Quit smoking and refrain from consuming alcohol to prevent further worsening of varicoceles.

In case you have any other questions, you can consult a specialist doctor at Pristyn Care. Just give us a call and we will book your appointment. Choose a healthy way of living over the painful living.

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