As a man, your sexual health is of the utmost importance. According to an oncologist and integrative medicine physician, Dr. Ramesh Kumar, seeing a specialist regularly can reduce your risk of STDs and other reproductive health problems. It could also equip you with the information you need to make informed decisions about sex.
You can enjoy such and more benefits at LifeWell M.D., Florida.
The American Cancer Society recommends that men carry out regular testicular self-examinations. These tests, also called TSEs, aim to detect abnormalities so they can be treated early.
The most common problems detected through TSEs are testicular cancer tumors, which are common in men aged between 18 and 35.
Symptoms to look out for during your test include:
- A dull ache in your lower abdomen
- Slightly enlarged testicle
- Cysts or lumps on the side or front of the testicle
- A sensation of heaviness in the scrotum
According to medical studies, 9 out of 10 patients achieve full recovery if there are treated within three months of the first symptoms. This number drops to 3 after three months.
Try to perform self-evaluations and consult your doctor about any findings.
Why Should You See an Expert?
A self-exam can reveal several issues, all of which should be addressed by your healthcare provider. Whether you need information, advice, or treatment, a visit to your doctor’s office can provide answers for core issues like:
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Erectile dysfunction
- HIV testing
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Currently, the number of known STDs exceeds 25. Although many of these are easy to treat, some like herpes and AIDS have no cure. If left untreated, these diseases can have severe consequences such as urinary tract infections (UTIs) or impotence.
Common sexually transmitted diseases that affect men include:
- Genital warts
- Public lice
The most effective way to protect yourself from STDs, apart from abstinence, is to limit your number of sexual partners and get regular checkups.
The earlier an STD is detected, the better your chances of recovery.
Erectile dysfunction (ED), or impotence, refers to when a man cannot achieve or maintain an erection. This condition usually prevents him from engaging in any sexual activities. ED can be very frustrating for many men and can lead to strains in relationships.
Specialists say that the cause of ED can be either physical or psychological. Conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease are considered risk factors.
You could also develop ED due to tobacco, alcohol, and drug use or as a side effect of some prescription medication. In some instances, living a sedentary life can predispose you to erectile dysfunction.
A men’s sexual health specialist can help pinpoint the cause of your ED and provide treatment options.
The most conventional method of contraception used by men is condoms. Apart from preventing unwanted pregnancies, they also help protect you and your partner from infections.
If you wish to discontinue the use of condoms, you can speak to your doctor about alternative contraceptive methods, such as a vasectomy.
Men’s sexual health is a crucial yet often disregarded topic. Its benefits extend beyond better health and disease prevention to include peace of mind.
If you detect any unusual symptoms or have a question, call LifeWell M.D. and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ramesh Kumar.