Health Checks and Treatments that are Unique to Men

For today’s blog post I have decided to host a post rather different for my blog. I have decided that today’s posts should only be dedicated to men! They can have a lot of problems too and sadly this isn’t a popular topic on the internet so I have decided to let them know a little bit more about the problems they can face in their life.

We all have health checks that we should attend on a regular basis. Everyone should see their dentist at least once a year, but preferably every six months. This gives the dentist an option to check the condition of our teeth and the overall health of our gums, tongue, and the inside of our cheeks. They can spot signs of decay, problems with wisdom teeth, or a need for a root canal, then put wrongs to rights with relevant treatment plans. We should also head to the opticians once every two years. This gives a professional optometrist a chance to survey the health of your eyes from front to back, identifying symptoms of short sightedness or long sightedness and perhaps even picking up signs of seemingly unconnected conditions, such as diabetes. They can then prescribe lenses, recommend laser eye surgery, or refer you for appropriate medical treatment. But there are certain health checks and treatments that are unique to men, rather than people on the whole.

They tend to be less commonly talked about because, well, there are less people booking these appointments and treatments in, or expressing concerns about problems or problematic symptoms. So, it’s important that you are aware of these and that you ensure you still attend recommended checkups and take care of your overall health and well being! Here are a few male-specific conditions and treatments that you should familiarize yourself with.

Prostate exams

Unfortunately, figures show that around one in every seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point or another during their lifetime. You may be surprised to hear this figure! How can something so common be so little spoken about? Many of us believe that prostate cancer is a rare thing that an extremely small percentage of the population experience. But, it is sadly more common than you may have originally thought. This is why you need to ensure that you attend prostate exams as recommended. Having an exam and identifying signs of this illness early on can give you much better chances of overcoming the disease than if you skip exams and the problem is left unidentified, undiagnosed, and untreated for a longer period of time. The routine examination that is a “prostate exam” can really prove to be life saving! Generally speaking, you should attend your first exam when you reach fifty years of age. Simply call up your doctor’s surgery and make an appointment with your doctor, then you can request to be booked in for prostate screening in a discreet and confidential environment. If you are identified as more prone to developing prostate cancer than the average person (perhaps you have a family history of the disease), you may be booked in for screening at an earlier age as a precautionary measure. Do not worry about the exam. It is painless and doesn’t take much time at all. Just make sure that you don’t put it off!

A Vasectomy

If you are sexually active, you should be using some sort of contraception. This is something that you need to consider regardless of your gender – many men make the mistake of assuming that contraception is solely in the hands of the person they are sleeping with. If you are heterosexual or bisexual, it rings true that women have the most options when it comes to contraception. The medical and scientific fields have only really developed means of temporarily preventing pregnancy by altering a woman’s body. There are contraceptive pills, injections, and various contraceptive devices (such as the implant and the coil) that prove relatively effective at preventing conception. Men have more limited choice. One option is to use a condom. This is something that you should use regardless of your sexuality or who you are having sex with. It is the only form of contraception that also prevents the spread of STIs and STDs. However, you do have other options when it comes to preventing pregnancy. You could always have a vasectomy carried out. A vasectomy can take one of two forms. Open or closed.

  • Open Vasectomy – the end of the vas deferens connected to the testicle is left open, allowing sperm to escape into the intra-scrotal space. However, the end connecting to the prostate gland is permanently closed, so the sperm die and are reabsorbed into the body.
  • Closed Vasectomy – the two ends of the vas deferens are sealed.

Alternatively, if your sexual partner is a woman, you could consider tubal ligation together. This, again, is a form of sterilisation. But it sterilises a woman instead of a man. The procedure creates an incision in the abdominal wall, locates the fallopian tubes, and closes them. The tubes can be cut, tied off, clamped, or cauterized. They could also be kept whole but closed with a clip, band or ring. It is a complex process and will be carried out under general anaesthetic.

ED

ED is short for “erectile dysfunction”. It is a term that is commonly used to refer to a man’s inability to maintain a sufficiently strong erection to engage in sexual intercourse. This, of course, can pose significant difficulties for individuals who do want to engage in intercourse, whether for pleasure’s sake or for procreative purposes. ED can fall down to various different causes. Some common causes include:

  • Damage or Injury to the Genitals
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Obesity or Being Overweight
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Medication Side Effects
  • Use of Drugs
  • Excessive Alcohol Consumption
  • Smoking

However, the most common cause of ED tends to be ageing. Research has shown that around 40 percent of men are affected by ED by the age of 40 and around 70 percent of men are affected by the age of 70. For further help with ED and relevant treatment, you should book an appointment with your doctor. They will be able to diagnose any issues and offer you appropriate advice.

These are just a few different health checks, conditions, and treatments that tend to be more specific to men. Hopefully, the above information should help to guide you in the right direction and encourage you to get any relevant help that you may need down the line!

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