Friday, August 29th at 10 a.m.
Most women would tell you that it’s difficult to get the men in their lives to see a doctor. So it is perhaps not surprising that there are certain health issues that men really don’t like to talk about.
Problems with urination, for instance, may point to a condition known as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) or enlarged prostate.
Many men have problems with the prostate at some time in their lives. The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system. It’s located just below the bladder.When problems occur in the prostate, the bladder and urethra are often affected as well.
BPH develops when changing hormone levels cause the prostate to grow larger, usually starting at about age 50. Excess tissue can block the urethra, making it harder for urine to flow. The enlarged prostate can also press on the bladder, so you may need to urinate more often. It’s important to know that BPH is not cancer and does not cause cancer. There are also new, minimally invasive approaches to treating it.
Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells form a tumor (a lump of cells that grow uncontrolled). Some tumors can be felt during a physical exam, others can’t. Prostate cancer often causes no symptoms at all, especially in its early stages. Prostate symptoms are more likely to be caused by a problem that is NOT cancer.
Erectile dysfunction is another issue many men may feel embarrassed to talk to a doctor about. It’s a common problem and can be treated, but only if your doctor knows about it. Your doctor will likely ask you questions about your ED. Whether you’re asked or not, tell your doctor anything that might help your doctor understand the problem. Your doctor may do an exam and may run some tests to help find the cause of your ED. Treatment may include addressing the cause of health problems, such as lowering your cholesterol. And counseling may be recommended to talk about underlying emotional issues.
To learn more about these and other men’s health issues, join us for a live chat at 10 a.m., Friday, August 29th with Dr. Ashley Bowen, OU Physicians Urology, and visit the helpful links on this page.
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