When men visit their doctors, they may feel too awkward to ask about or discuss specific concerns. Thankfully, urologists are accustomed to answering uncomfortable questions, as this is their field of specialty – particularly men’s health.
Here are some of the most common questions men ask their urologist, and the basic answers to each one:
What Are the Male Birth Control Options Available?
When it comes to birth control, most methods available are for women. For men, the only current forms of contraception are condoms and getting a vasectomy.
Is Vasectomy a Safe Procedure, and Can It Be Reversed?
A vasectomy is a minimally invasive surgery, and it can be completed in less than a half-hour. It is meant to be permanent, although vasectomy reversal is also possible.
During the vasectomy procedure, the surgeon cuts the vas deferens (the tube which delivers sperm) and then ties or seals it. You will likely remain awake during the procedure, and recovery is quick. It is indeed very safe, and complications are rare.
What Are the Signs of Prostate Cancer?
Numerous warning signs point toward prostate cancer. One is erectile dysfunction. You may also experience pain when ejaculating or find blood in your semen. Urinary tract problems are another symptom, and that includes frequent urination, blood in the urine, and a weak stream.
Also, you may not even notice it, but those with prostate cancer may experience numbness in the feet and legs. They can feel stiffness in the lower back, pelvis, chest, and hip.
Because prostate cancer shares symptoms with other conditions, it’s important to consult your urologist about getting regular screenings. Prostate cancer is usually discovered based on a man’s PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test or a DRE (digital rectal exam), and does not show symptoms.
Board-Certified Urologist in Phoenix, AZ
Information you find on the internet should not substitute for an appointment with an actual urologist. Every man’s body is different, and the best medical advice will come from an expert who knows your overall health condition.
If you are in the Phoenix area and are looking for a men’s health doctor who won’t make you feel awkward when asking uncomfortable questions, Dr. Desi Avila is here for you. He understands how men feel about various health issues, and he can explain them in a friendly, clinical, professional fashion that will help you take control of your health.
Dr. Avila has many years of experience in men’s health. He specializes in vasectomy reversal, infertility, and urological robotic surgery. He can also treat Peyronie’s disease, erectile dysfunction (ED), and low testosterone (low-T).
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Avila, contact Ironwood Urology today by calling (480) 961-2323 or by filling out our online appointment request form now. We look forward to being your healthcare partner.