The word Avocado comes from a Nahuatl Indian (Aztec) word “ ahuácatl ” meaning testicle. It is thought that the reference is either due to the avocado’s shape or the fact that it was considered to possess aphrodisiac qualities by the Aztecs. In Spanish, “ ahuácatl ” became “aguacate” and eventually “avogato” and then “avocado”. In English, the fruit was first described as an “Avagato pear” because of its pear-like shape. Later it also became known as an “alligator pear” given the alligator-like appearance to the skin. Over time, the term Avocado became the common word used to describe the fruit in English.
It is also somewhat unclear whether treating a varicocele will improve fertility. In 2001, the Cochrane Collaboration (an international network of experts who look at every scrap of scientific evidence about medical problems) investigated varicocele treatment for fertility. They concluded that routinely treating varicoceles in men who are having fertility problems is ‘ill-advised’, because there is not enough evidence that it does any good. Another survey came to the same conclusion ( Lancet 2003;361:1849–52). However, the pendulum now seems to be swinging in the other direction, as there is evidence that treating a varicocele can increase sperm numbers and so might indeed help fertility ( Fertility and Sterility 2011;95:841–52). This is especially true if the varicocele is large.