Maiden Lane Medical
Multi-Specialty Group Practice located New York, NY
Do you have less energy or a lower sex drive than before? Have your urination habits changed? Men’s health issues ranging from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) to prostate cancer can take a toll on your physical health and overall quality of life. Here at Maiden Lane Medical, in Midtown Manhattan, our board-certified urologists offer comprehensive men’s health services aiming to improve and protect your health and well-being.
What are some of the most common men’s health issues?
In addition to health risks such as arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease that people of all genders face, men also have a chance of developing urological and reproductive health issues specific to their sex.
BPH often referred to as an enlarged prostate, is a common men’s health issue that affects approximately a third of men over the age of 50. While your prostate starts off small — it should be about the size of a walnut — it can continue to grow throughout your life, eventually compressing your urethra. You develop progressively intrusive symptoms such as a weak urine stream or having trouble starting urination.
Every year over 191,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, making it the most prevalent type of cancer in men, excluding skin cancer. Prostate cancer develops when abnormal cells in your prostate multiply rapidly, forming a tumor.
Prostate cancer can cause symptoms similar to BPH and other urological health issues. If you notice any changes in your urination habits or sexual function, make an appointment to talk to your urologist.
Testosterone might be the hormone we associate with male sex characteristics, but it contributes to a wide range of body functions, including your energy levels, metabolism, mood, and more. Some of the common signs of low testosterone include:
- Libido loss
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low energy
- Muscle mass loss
- Increase fatty tissue
- Bone density loss (osteoporosis)
- Mood changes
- Decreased cognitive function
It’s normal for your hormone levels to decline a little as you age. However, if you have low testosterone symptoms that interfere with your quality of life, you should talk to a doctor, have blood tests, and get personalized treatment plans to restore your health and wellness.
While almost every man has an occasional or one-off issue with achieving or maintaining an erection, persistent erectile problems are something to talk to a doctor about. While erectile dysfunction is often an early warning sign of high blood pressure or cardiovascular health issues, it can also indicate other men’s health issues and take a toll on your emotional and mental wellness.
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What are the warning signs of a men’s health issue?
Many men’s health issues cause similar symptoms, including:
- Weakened urine stream
- Trouble starting urination
- Dribbling after completing urination
- Painful urination
- Blood in the urine (hematuria)
- Erectile dysfunction
- Pelvic and low back pain
Any of these symptoms are worth talking to your doctor about. In the best-case scenario, you get peace of mind that your health is on track, and if not, you can get the treatment you need.
What are the available men’s health services?
The urologists and men’s health experts here at Maiden Lane Medical offer a variety of men’s health services, including:
Exams and health screenings
Our board-certified urologists offer comprehensive exams, including preventive health screenings including:
- Testosterone and hormone screening
- Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing
- Complete blood panel
- Osteoporosis screening
- Colorectal cancer screenings
- Digital prostate exams
Your doctor provides personalized advice on which tests you should have based on your personal and family health history. Feel free to ask questions about preventive health screenings and your results.
The first step in treating many men’s health issues is making some lifestyle adjustments. This could include adjusting your diet and adding exercise to your daily routine to drop some weight. If you’re overweight or obese, losing just 5-10% of your body weight can significantly improve your health, regulate your hormone production, and lower the risk of many health problems. You might also benefit from cutting back on alcohol consumption or smoking cessation.
If lifestyle changes aren’t sufficient to improve your health, your doctor may prescribe medication to address your health issues. For example, alpha-blockers and other BPH medications can shrink an enlarged prostate or relax your bladder and urinary tract to relieve related urinary symptoms.
I have more questions:
Rezūm is a minimally invasive treatment for an enlarged prostate. This outpatient procedure uses water vapor to eliminate excess prostate cells, shrinking the gland, and reducing related urinary and erectile function symptoms. It doesn’t require general anesthesia or incisions, and you can get back to your regular activities within a few days.
If your symptoms are due to abnormally low testosterone levels, your doctor might prescribe testosterone therapy to restore your hormonal balance and physical and mental well-being. Testosterone therapy is available in various forms, including injections and subdermal pellets.
How often should I see a men’s health specialist or urologist?
You should check in with your men’s health provider at least once a year for a check-up. If you have a health issue such as low testosterone or BPH, your doctor might recommend more frequent appointments.
The urologists at Maiden Lane Medical provide personalized, patient-focused care to address your individual needs. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today for expert men’s health care.
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