Men’s health doctors, also known as urologists or andrologists, are medical professionals who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions and diseases that affect men’s reproductive and urinary systems. These doctors are trained to address a wide range of conditions, from common issues like erectile dysfunction to more complex conditions such as prostate cancer. In this article, we’ll explore some of the most common conditions and diseases that are treated by a men’s health doctor.
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, is a common condition that affects millions of men worldwide. ED is defined as the inability to achieve or maintain an erection that is firm enough for sexual activity. Men’s health doctors can help diagnose the underlying cause of ED and recommend appropriate treatment options, such as medications, lifestyle changes, or counseling.
- Low testosterone (Low T)
Testosterone is a hormone that plays a key role in men’s sexual development and reproductive health. Low testosterone, also known as Low T, can cause a variety of symptoms, including decreased sex drive, fatigue, and depression. Men’s health doctors can perform a simple blood test to measure testosterone levels and recommend treatment options such as hormone replacement therapy.
- Prostate cancer
Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the prostate, a gland located below the bladder that produces semen. It is the most common cancer in men, aside from skin cancer. Men’s health doctors can perform prostate cancer screenings, which involve a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. If cancer is detected, treatment options may include surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy.
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous condition that causes the prostate gland to enlarge, leading to urinary symptoms such as frequent urination, difficulty starting or stopping urination, and weak urine flow. Men’s health doctors can diagnose BPH through a physical exam and recommend treatment options such as medication or surgery.
Infertility is a common condition that affects both men and women. Men’s health doctors can perform tests to identify the underlying cause of male infertility, such as low sperm count or abnormal sperm shape, and recommend treatment options such as medication or assisted reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF).
- Premature ejaculation
Premature ejaculation is a condition in which a man ejaculates sooner than he or his partner would like during sexual activity. Men’s health doctors can diagnose the underlying cause of premature ejaculation and recommend treatment options such as medication or counseling.
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that are spread through sexual contact. Common STIs in men include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Men’s health doctors can perform tests to diagnose STIs and recommend appropriate treatment options, such as antibiotics.
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are infections that occur in the urinary system, including the bladder, urethra, and kidneys. UTIs are more common in women than men, but men can still develop UTIs. Men’s health doctors can diagnose UTIs through a physical exam and urine tests and recommend appropriate treatment options, such as antibiotics.
In addition to the conditions mentioned above, there are many other problems that men experience which could benefit from treatment provided by a doctor who specializes in men’s health. Also, men may feel more comfortable going to a doctor who specializes in the health care needs of men.
If you think you might be dealing with any of the conditions above, or have questions regarding another aspect of men’s health, our providers are currently accepting new patients seeking men’s healthcare. Call our office today to book an in-person or tele-health appointment with a provider who is right for you!