When it comes to managing your health, there are a variety of conditions that only affect men and require specialized attention. At Valley Urology Center in Renton, Washington, the experienced team of urologists has advanced training in men’s health care, especially conditions associated with the prostate. To learn more about men’s health services in western Washington and the Pacific Northwest, call Valley Urology Center or schedule an appointment online today.
A men’s health exam at Valley Urology Center focuses on the specific needs of a man’s general health and reproductive system. These exams provided by experienced urologists not only create a trusting relationship with your doctor, but also help prevent certain health conditions and identify others before they grow serious.
As urologists, the Valley Urology Center team has advanced training in men’s health issues, including the prostate, erectile dysfunction, and low testosterone.
A man’s prostate is a small gland located below the bladder surrounding the urethra. This gland produces seminal fluid to help nourish and transports sperm in the semen.
As you age you can develop a variety of prostate disorders, including an enlarged prostate and prostate cancer. When you have an enlarged prostate it can lead to uncomfortable urinary symptoms such as frequent urination, a weakened urine stream, and being unable to empty your bladder completely. Prostate cancer originates in the prostate tissue.
The most effective way to manage your prostate health is through regular prostate screenings that include digital rectal exams (DREs) and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood panels. In most cases, these tests begin at age 50, but your urologist makes recommendations for frequency of testing based on your overall health, family history, and risks of certain prostate conditions, like cancer.
Erectile dysfunction, also known as ED or impotence, describes difficulty getting or maintaining an erection firm enough to engage in sexual activity. It’s common to experience erectile dysfunction periodically, but chronic ED can indicate an underlying health condition.
Male sexual arousal involves blood vessels, muscles, nerves, and hormones, in addition to emotions and the brain. When you experience dysfunction in any of these areas, it can lead to ED.
To diagnose erectile dysfunction, your urologist conducts a comprehensive physical examination that often includes blood work and cardiac electrocardiograms to identify its cause.
Testosterone is a male sex hormone that contributes to sexual function and development. As you grow older, your testosterone levels begin to decline and can sometimes result in testosterone deficiency syndrome, also known as late-onset hypogonadism or low-T.
Low testosterone can lead to several symptoms, including fatigue, irritability, and erectile dysfunction. Your urologist can identify low-T during a men’s health exam that includes blood tests.
To learn more about their available men’s health care services, call Valley Urology Center or schedule an appointment online today.