When talking about reproductive health, not a lot of people know that there is a specific branch of medicine that specialises in men’s health. This is perhaps the reason why men tend to overlook their reproductive health—because where would they go? Women, on the other hand, have gynaecologists. Men need not worry anymore as the times have changed and clinics like Dr Ben Medical, which focuses on Andrology, are now coming into the scene. Read on to know more about the importance of a men’s health clinic.
First things first, what is Andrology?
Andrology is the branch of medicine that specifically concentrates on male health. It covers urological problems and various conditions that affect the male reproductive system. Particularly, this medical specialty addresses:
- Ejaculation Issues
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Penile Issues
- Prostate Issues – Benign prostate hyperplasia, Prostatitis
- Testosterone Deficiency
Let’s take a closer look at each condition.
Men with ejaculation issues may experience premature ejaculation (PE) or delayed ejaculation (DE).
A lot of men suffer mostly from premature ejaculation during sex. This uncontrollable condition happens when a man has an orgasm prior to sexual intercourse or within a minute after starting. This occurrence can be embarrassing for men and frustrating for both partners. What causes PE is still unknown, but studies have linked this to a chemical imbalance in men’s brains, specially affecting the serotonin.
Otherwise known as “impaired ejaculation,” DE is the exact opposite of premature ejaculation. Delayed ejaculation happens when a man takes a much longer time to ejaculate or, sometimes, is unable to ejaculate at all. Delayed ejaculation can be a lifelong problem for some men. Similar to premature ejaculation, this condition can have a negative impact on a person’s sex life. Delayed ejaculation can be caused by chronic health conditions, issues affecting a person’s psychological state, and side effects from certain medications.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) refers to the inability of a man to get or keep an erection that is fit for sexual intercourse. There are various factors that contribute to this problem, such as psychological concerns, underlying illnesses (e.g. heart disease, blocked arteries, high blood pressure, etc.), or when there are limitations to the blood that flows through the penis.
Another problem that is rampant among men concerns their fertility. As one study reports, male infertility affects 20 to 30 % of infertility cases affecting about 48.5 million couples around the world. Infertility in men can occur when:
- The sperm function is abnormal
- The production of sperm is low
- There are obstructions that hinder the sperm’s delivery
Factors that can be partly responsible for this condition include:
- Diseases and chronic health issues
- Hormonal imbalance
- Poor lifestyle habits
Male infertility can result to a couple’s inability to conceive a child.
This condition is identified by seeing blood in the semen. The presence of blood in the semen can be a sign of:
- Blockage in the reproductive tract
- Infection and inflammation – can be located anywhere in the epididymis and vas deferens, prostate, urethra, or seminal vesicles.
- Injury or trauma
- Medical conditions – leukemia, liver disease, HIV, high blood pressure
- Polyps and tumors – can cause certain cancers in the reproductive and urinary tract
- Problems in the blood vessels
Balanitis, Pearly Penile Papules, and Peyronie’s Disease all fall under penile issues.
This condition is popular among uncircumcised men and is defined as the inflammation of the head of the penis caused by an infection from a bacteria or fungi. Other causes can be attributed to allergic reactions to chemical ingredients in soap or bath gels, skin conditions, or diabetes.
Pearly Penile Papules (PPP)
Pearly penile papules are skin-coloured tiny bumps that wrap around the area right below the head of the penis. PPP is a common occurrence, most often among uncircumcised men, and the condition usually clear in time as men get older. While PPP is not harmful and not transmissible, they may be unsightly to look at. Do note that PPP and genital warts are two different conditions. Genital warts are shaped like a cauliflower and are an indication of HPV, which is a disease that is transmitted sexually.
The prostate gland functions to produce seminal fluid, which provides nourishment and transports the sperm during ejaculation. It is found between the penis and the bladder. Benign prostate hyperplasia and Prostatitis are conditions that affect the prostate gland.
Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH)
BPH is a condition wherein the prostate becomes enlarged. It is non-cancerous, but it can cause damage to the bladder and kidneys as BPH interrupts the release of urine due to an obstruction in the urethra.
Inflammation of the prostate is the direct definition of prostatitis as a result of an infection brought about by bacteria and virus or other factors.
Also known as male hypogonadism, this issue affects men as the age. Due to ageing, men’s body become deficient in testosterone and sperm production. Low testosterone levels can lead to:
- Brain fog
- Decreased strength in the muscles
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low sex drive
- Low muscle
- Mood swings
When to see a doctor
If you or a loved one is experiencing any symptoms that relate to the conditions above, it is imperative to get a consultation with a doctor immediately. Delays in treatment can only lead to more complications and compromise not only the health of a man, but also their relationship with their partners.
The best place to visit is a men’s health clinic, such as Dr Ben Medical, as male patients can be assured that they can share their concerns openly and without judgment. Likewise, they can be confident that they receive the correct treatments as the doctor handling their concerns fully specialises in these areas.
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