Most couples eager to start a family don’t imagine that they will have difficulty conceiving, but nearly 10 million Americans suffer from infertility. The term “primary infertility” is used to describe couples who fail to conceive after having unprotected intercourse for one year. It’s a stressful issue that affects both men and women. In fact, in 20 percent of all cases, infertility issues with the male are the sole cause for a couple’s inability to conceive, and a contributing factor in another 30 percent of cases—meaning men play a significant role in half of all infertility cases.
Thanks to a slew of commercials featuring rugged ranchers and can-do campers pitching Viagra and Cialis, a growing number of men are becoming more comfortable seeing a physician about their erectile dysfunction. While many men have difficulty maintaining an erection, some men find erections can be painful due to another penile health issue—Peyronie’s disease.
A prostate cancer diagnosis triggers a flood of questions, fear and worry. Right after concerns about emerging cancer free, most men want to know if they will retain sexual function following treatment—specifically if they will be able to achieve and retain an erection for intercourse. “The answer is different for every man, and depends on a number of factors,” says Rich Bevan-Thomas, M.D., medical director of USMD Prostate Cancer Center. “Age, strength of erections before cancer treatment, the extent of the cancer, and type of treatment prescribed all play a role.
John used to sleep like a baby. Now a nagging urge “to go” wakes him up at least twice every night. He’s not alone. As men age, the prostate grows. As the prostate grows, it often causes problems with urination known commonly as “lower urinary tract symptoms.” Men may experience a weakened urinary stream, have difficulty starting the urinary stream, feel an urgent need to urinate, urinate more frequently than normal—including more than twice a night. Not all men will develop an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), but it is quite common.
We all know the natural aging process brings change—changes in the way our bodies look, the way we feel and how we go through our everyday lives. For men this may mean once flat abs have become fleshier. The laser-sharp focus is a little fuzzier. A genial demeanor may be clouded by bouts of depression or grumpiness. And a once robust love life has fizzled. You may think these are inevitable side effects of aging, but they could be signs of hypogonadism—better known as low testosterone or Low T.
The Wall Street Journal recently ran a story about the growing number of health insurance providers who have decided they will no longer cover pricey proton therapy for the treatment of early-stage prostate cancer. Touted by some as the newest state-of-the-art treatment for prostate cancer, proton therapy has actually been around since the 1950s. The first U.S.
If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, take comfort in knowing that you aren’t alone. But more importantly, know that you have powerful allies dedicated to helping you become a breast cancer survivor. Today, there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. And USMD Center for Breast Care is committed to adding many more to the ranks—especially YOU.
Nearly 90,000 men will have a radical prostatectomy this year to remove their cancerous prostate. Not too long ago, a radical prostatectomy was an invasive “open” surgical procedure that required a huge incision in the abdomen—ensuring patient’s endured a slow and painful road to recovery. But nurturing a belly-button-to-pubic-bone incision wasn’t all men had to contend with as they battled prostate cancer. A penile catheter had to be worn for one or two weeks following surgery. For most men, coping with a catheter ranks right up there with waxing their chest hair.
In the back of nearly every woman’s mind is a lingering fear that she may one day be diagnosed with breast cancer. We can’t help it. Too many of our grandmothers, mothers, sisters, daughters and friends have had their lives turned upside down or cut too short by cancer’s cruel assault.
There are few things in life that are more excruciating than a gallbladder attack, so it’s no surprise that patients who have experienced one firsthand are willing to undergo gallbladder surgery to avoid another painful episode. Nearly 25 million Americans have gallstones—crystalline formations made up of cholesterol and other components of bile made by the liver to digest fat. One million new cases of gallbladder stones are diagnosed each year. Experts expect that number to grow, thanks to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles and overindulgence in refined sugars and fatty foods.