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Men’s Health

Common men’s health issues that we deal with are sexually transmitted disease screening, erectile dysfunction, male pattern baldness, fatigue and low libido due to testosterone deficiency.

Due to lack of regular health screening and lifestyle men are at higher risk of heart disease, hypertension, cancer, diabetes, melanoma, lung disease and alcohol related illness.

Our Doctors are professional, sensitive and experienced at dealing with all male health issues.

Services available to male patients include:

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Sexually transmitted disease screening and treatment

» HIV
» Gonorhoea
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Syphilis
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Chlamydia
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Herpes simplex
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Genital warts

These can be done individually or as STD screening packages.

We also treat chronic prostatitis and perform prostate screening.

Male Health Screening Packages

Men consult their doctor less than women. Studies show any individual who has not been in regular contact with a family physician to screen for major health problems is at greater risk of disease and death.

Men often suffer from diseases that are the result of lack of health care monitoring. The progression of heart disease as an example, if you don’t get your cholesterol checked when it’s starting high when you’re 20, and don’t get your blood pressure checked when it’s going high when you’re 30, miss that your blood sugar’s getting a little high when you’re 40, then you are facing significant risks of heart disease by late 40’s and 50’s. This could have been prevented with early identification and treatment.

Our health checks include early screening for all of the above and unlike most include male hormones and vitamins for optimal wellness.

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Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

This is the ability to keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse, it is sometimes referred to as impotence.

Occasional ED is not uncommon. Many men experience it during times of stress. However, frequent ED can be a sign of health problems that need treatment. It can also be a sign of emotional or relationship difficulties that may need to be addressed by a professional.

Although ED’s frequency does increase with age, it’s treatable regardless of age and isn’t as inevitable as men might think.

Common causes include:

» Alcohol and smoking
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Prescription medications
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Anxiety and depression
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Testosterone deficiency

Any one of the following medical conditions can disrupt the delicate sequence of physiological changes that produces an erection:

» Obesity
» Diabetes
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Heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), or high cholesterol
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Low testosterone
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Enlarged prostate
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Sleep disorders (such as sleep apnea)

Identification and treatment of the above can lead to a restoration of the ability to get and maintain an erection. We also stock natural supplements and medication which can help with ED.

Treatment of Male Menopause/ Testosterone deficiency

Hormone dysfunction can also affect men and hormone levels drop with age. Low testosterone can affect mood, confidence, libido and erections. Treating low testosterone can be done in a variety of ways and research shows that testosterone replacement therapy is safe.

Health issues which are more common in men:

Men are more likely to make unhealthy lifestyle choices such as alcohol, smoking, recreational drugs and diet.

Alcohol related disease

Alcohol related disease, deaths and hospitalisation are higher in men. Drinking excess alcohol increases risk of hypertension, heart disease,  gastritis/stomach ulcers and neurological problems. It also increases the risk of mouth, throat, esophagus, liver and colon cancers. It interferes with testicular function and hormone function. It can cause anxiety, depression and sleep disorders.

Intra Abdominal Fat (Metabolic syndrome)

Men are more likely to have increased intra abdominal fat (beer belly) due to alcohol, poor diet and lack of exercise. This dangerous type of fat causes insulin resistance which can lead to type 2 diabetes and fatty liver (precursor of cirrhosis) and increased risk of heart disease. Diabetes causes a unique set of complications for men including impotence and lower testosterone levels leading to depression and anxiety.

Smoking Related Diseases

Smoking rates are higher in men leading to increased risk of smoking related health issues such as heart disease and lung cancer.

Melanoma

Men Have twice the risk of melanoma and this is attributed to less regular skin checks and being less likely to wear sunscreen.

Mental Health Issues

Rates of suicide deaths are higher in men and they are less likely to acknowledge the condition and  seek help for stress and depression. Men experience depression differently than women, reporting symptoms of fatigue and irritability more often.

Attention deficit disorder is more common in males and they are often undiagnosed leading to comorbid issues like marital difficulties and risk taking behaviour.