Some Men’s Issues
Men are not so ready to talk about personal problems, either emotional or physical, but there are some men’s issues that need to be discussed with a doctor.
A recent article reminds us of some problems unique to men that they may find embarrassing or difficult to discuss, but that it is important to take these issues up with the doctor for the sake of their health and quality of life.
Some Men’s Issues
The article mentions three main areas of concern that men need to be aware of and overcome their shyness in respect of seeing their doctor about these issues. They are described as:
“Your sex drive has taken a dip. There are many things that can cause this. One of them is low testosterone (test-AH-stir-ohn). “
- “You have trouble urinating. Here again there are several things that may cause this difficulty. Prostate cancer could be one of them. If you have the PSA (prostate specific antigen) test, realize only 1 in 4 men with high PSA levels have prostate cancer!”
- “You think you might have erectile dysfunction (E.D). Erectile dysfunction means that you have trouble getting and or maintaining an erection until the completion of the sex act.”
Each of these issues can be worrying for a man, especially one of younger years, but more often than not there is a simple explanation and solution. For example, tiredness can be a cause of a temporary lowered sex drive which soon picks up again. This can also cause a temporary problem with maintaining an erection and thus is nothing to worry about.
Excessive alcohol consumption on a regular basis is another cause of either of these two problems. Should the difficulty persist, however, it is wise to seek your doctor’s advice as there may be an underlying problem and the sooner it is treated the better.
If you have trouble urinating, you should not ignore it as it might be due to an infection constricting the urethra, and this can respond to antibiotics, or it might, especially in the older man, be associated with an enlarged prostate and then there is a need to check that it’s benign and not likely to be cancerous.
Some men’s issues are easily dealt with, once you have the correct diagnosis and advice, but if you have a problem with your sex life or suspect you might have a sexually transmitted disease, or prostate problem, you have to be a man and face up to it.