Both men and women can be susceptible to certain health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and mental health problems. Some health conditions, however, are unique to men – and if they are left untreated, these issues can have a negative impact on personal relationships or lead to serious health problems.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common health conditions experienced by men only, and who you can go to in order to successfully address any and all of these men’s health issues.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
The prostate gland is a small, walnut-sized organ in the male reproductive system located behind the penis and below the bladder. The prostate’s main purpose is to produce the fluid for the semen, thereby nourishing and protecting the sperm. It also ensures that the semen is expelled during ejaculation, allowing sperm cells to access and fertilize the female’s egg.
The prostate gland often gets bigger with age, which can sometimes lead to problems. Benign prostatic hyperplasia is when the prostate gland becomes enlarged. An enlarged prostate is not caused by a cancerous growth and does not increase your risk of getting cancer, but its symptoms can be similar.
The upper part of the urethra passes right through the prostate gland. Therefore, if the prostate becomes enlarged, it can squeeze the urethra – thereby obstructing the passage of urine through the urethra and resulting in a weak stream, bladder weakness, urinary incontinence, a backflow of urine. This can lead to bladder or kidney infections, or even a complete inability to urinate (retention of urine), which can cause kidney failure.
Cancer cells can develop in any part of the body when the cells reproduce and grow uncontrollably, invading and destroying surrounding healthy tissue and organs. Prostate cancer begins when the cells in the prostate gland start to grow uncontrollably.
This type of cancer often grows very slowly, so men can have it for years without any symptoms. Screening tests can identify prostate cancer before symptoms develop, and many forms of prostate cancer can be treated successfully if detected early enough.
Peyronie’s disease occurs when plaque or scar tissue develops under the skin of the penis, causing it to curve or become indented during erections. Most men with the condition can still have sexual intercourse, but for some, it can be painful enough to cause erectile dysfunction.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Most men occasionally cannot develop or maintain an erection; but if it becomes a frequent problem, it may be due to erectile dysfunction. ED can be caused by a number of physical and psychological issues, so ED is often successfully addressed when the underlying condition is treated.
Low Testosterone (Low-T)
Testosterone is a sex hormone that is produced largely by the testicles in men. This hormone is important for a number of factors, including sex drive, sperm production, bone density, fat distribution, muscle strength, and the growth of facial and body hair.
Low-T is a deficiency, or underproduction, of testosterone in a man’s body. This can be caused by many factors such as age, an underlying medical condition, infection, obesity, an injury to the testicles, or a hormonal condition.
When a man does not produce enough testosterone, it can lead to symptoms such as low sex drive, sexual dysfunction, changes in mood (irritability, depression), fatigue, low bone density, and weight gain.
Men’s Health Doctor in Edmonds, Washington
If you are experiencing diminished function that is affecting your ability to perform sexually, then have a private consultation at Affirm Clinic. We are male medical professionals who are dedicated to helping men restore their virility right here in Edmonds, Washington.
If you have any questions about our men’s health services or would like to schedule an appointment, call our office today at (206) 231-6000 or complete our online appointment request form now. We welcome your call and look forward to serving you.