Did you know there is a month entirely dedicated to raising awareness for issues impacting the health and wellness of men and boys? Yes, that's right! A whole month dedicated to the fellas.
It’s celebrated across the country with a variety of preventative screenings, health fairs, and other education and outreach events. But why the need for an entire month devoted to men’s health? Because a large number of men don’t actively engage in preventative health practices.
It is important to have regular checkups and health screenings throughout your life; not just when you're starting to feel symptoms. If you're like the typical strong and invincible man that refuses to go to the doctor unless there is something wrong, you should at least be aware of the diseases.
As men age it is possible to develop urinary incontinence, prostate cancer or erectile dysfunction. If you have a hard time controlling your bladder or you're not sure what is causing your urine to leak, you may have urinary incontinence. It’s common for prostate issues to cause urinary incontinence.
Rarely your symptoms could be due to prostate cancer; more commonly your prostate could be enlarged due to a non-cancerous condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). An enlarged prostate can block your urethra. When your urethra is blocked, your bladder has to work harder to urinate. This makes the walls of your bladder thicker and weaker. Diseases of the prostate are typically non-life threatening. But, if left untreated, these diseases could severely impact your overall health.
Prostate enlargement, or (BPH), and erectile dysfunction (ED) are separate problems. Both increase with age, but one causes problems in the bathroom and the other in the bedroom. However, the two are somewhat linked.
BPH happens when your prostate becomes enlarged, but cancer isn’t the cause. A man’s prostate continues growing throughout most of his adult life. This is why many older men are affected by the condition.
ED is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection. It can be caused by physical conditions such as:
● heart disease
● low testosterone
These two conditions don’t necessarily seem linked, but BPH can be associated with ED and certain treatments that relieve BPH can cause ED and other sexual side effects.
Luckily, there are many treatments for BPH and ED. Some being medications, or treatments such as Urolift for BPH, and GAINSWave and Priapus Shot for erectile dysfunction.
The UroLift System is a revolutionary approach to treating BPH that lifts and holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. It is the only BPH procedure that does not require ongoing BPH medication, cutting, heating or removal of the prostate tissue.
For erectile dysfunction, GAINSWave procedure works by using high-frequency acoustic waves to open existing blood vessels in the penis to help stimulate the growth of new blood vessels. After the procedure, men can expect increased blood flow in the penis, resulting in harder, stronger, and more sustainable erections. The Priapus Shot is a 20-minute treatment that harvests platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from your own blood and then re-injects the super-charged plasma back into your body to help repair, regenerate and rejuvenate the penis. There is zero recovery time and the results are almost immediate in some men.
If you want to support Men’s Health Month and schedule your annual checkup, or if you are struggling with any of these symptoms, you may request a consultation with one of our practitioners at (949) 825-7650. It’s time to take control of your health.