Men’s Health Services
Men’s health issues such as reproductive health, low testosterone, and erectile dysfunction (ED) have been affecting American men for ages. However, most men either overlooked those issues, some stayed quiet, or did not know where to turn to.
Reproductive health is a crucial element of men’s overall health and well-being. In the past, there were not too many options for men to discuss and solve their reproductive health issues. Generally, issues like infertility or low sex drive have been thought of as female-related.
Now, things have changed. No matter whether you are facing problems such as low testosterone or fertility challenges, Alpha Male Plastic Surgery is your one-stop solution for its personalized men’s health services.
Alpha Male Plastic Surgery offers men’s health services to male patients at all our centers across the continental US, including New York.
The forefront of Alpha Male Plastic Surgery men’s health initiative is Dr. Justin Houman. He is driving this initiative towards our objective of improving patients’ quality of life and fulfilling their reproductive goals.
Dr. Houman is one of the leading and nationally recognized urologists and fellowship-trained specialists in Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery. He specializes in performing minimally invasive microscopic surgery and is also vastly experienced in male hormone therapy, sperm retrievals, and penile implants.
Dr. Houman also specializes in treating the following men’s health conditions:
- Low Testosterone (Hypogonadism)
- Ejaculatory Dysfunction
- Decreased Libido
- Erectile Dysfunction
Low Testosterone (Hypogonadism)
Testosterone (T) is a male hormone that determines men’s vitality and libido. If the testosterone level of an adult male falls below the normal range between 270 to 1,070 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL), it indicates he has low testosterone.
Low testosterone level is also called Hypogonadism in medical terminology or known as low T. Hypogonadism can affect men’s fertility by causing reduced sperm production. Some of the common signs of low testosterone are:
- Low sex drive
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Loss of Muscle Mass
- Inability to focus
The ideal solution to low testosterone levels is male Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). It can restore the testosterone level of men to normal levels.
The application of TRT commonly happens via a prescribed injection. There are also treatments using cream or patch form.
What Are the Causes of Hypogonadism in Men?
Significant numbers of men in the US are suffering from low testosterone or Hypogonadism. Recent studies have revealed that men’s testosterone levels may keep dropping each year starting from 30, by nearly 2 percent.
Various other findings suggest that more than one-third of men over 45 years show signs of testosterone deficiency.
The most common cause of low testosterone in men is the inability of the sex gland in the testes to produce the right amount of hormone.
Other causes of Hypogonadism are:
- Issues with men’s pituitary gland or hypothalamus.
- Advancing age
- Testicular injury
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Chronic narcotic use
- Marijuana abuse
A specialist doctor can diagnose the specific cause, and treatment like TRT can help men get the following health benefits:
- Improved Energy
- Enhanced Libido
- Increased Sleep Quality
- Healthier Bones and Joints
- Efficient Muscle Growth
- Improved Concentration
If you think you are experiencing symptoms of low testosterone, consult a doctor right away.
Ejaculatory dysfunction happens when a man is unable to ejaculate his semen properly, or either ejaculates too early, too late or not at all.
Ejaculation disorder like this can result in a lack of sexual satisfaction by men and their partners, reproduction issues, and stress.
Ejaculatory Dysfunction is also called Aspermia, which may occur due to a problem at birth or develop much later in life because of a disease, injury, or side effects of certain drugs.
Four Types of Ejaculatory Dysfunction:
Retrograde Ejaculation: Urologists refer to this type of ejaculation dysfunction as “dry cell” ejaculation. It has got its name “retrograde” because when ejaculation happens, semen moves to the bladder instead of coming through the penis during orgasm.
This type of ejaculation disorder causes infertility. After performing the test a specialist doctor can confirm this condition and suggest a suitable treatment. The doctor can prescribe oral medications to make sure there is proper muscle function in the bladder to prevent this condition.
Delayed Ejaculation: The main reasons for delayed ejaculation can be depression, blood pressure, alcohol abuse, injuries, or surgical complications. Although psychotherapy can be effective in treating delayed ejaculation, other treatments, including counseling can help as well.
Premature Ejaculation (PE): Premature Ejaculation or PE is a common ejaculatory dysfunction among men. It is possible to treat PE with different strategies.
While oral medications and physical therapy may give patients temporary relief, behavioral therapy is perhaps the most effective way to cure premature ejaculation. Undergoing such therapy may involve sex education, behavior modification, and psychological counseling to address issues like anxiety that might be causing PE.
Anejaculation: The last type of ejaculatory dysfunction is Anejaculation. It occurs when no ejaculation happens during sexual intercourse or affects patients’ orgasm to climax. A doctor can confirm this issue after collecting a sample.
Psychological counseling and sexual therapy are the most common treatments for Anejaculation, which try to address the underlying causes. Sexual therapy may involve sex education for a better understanding of the sexual stimulation process of the affected person.
Decreased libido or lack of sex drive is a common problem among many men. This issue often relates to stress, tiredness, relationship problems, but also could be a symptom of an underlying issue like low testosterone level.
Nearly 1 out of 3 men face the issue of a low sex drive or some other form of sexual disorder. If you feel distressed due to your lack of sexual desire or it is affecting your relation with your partner, you should consult a doctor.
Leading Causes of Low Sex Drive
Low Testosterone: The low level of testosterone is one of the reasons for decreased libido. Testosterone is the major sex hormone for men. If you are encountering low testosterone levels, consulting a doctor about TRT and bringing changes in your lifestyle may address the issue of decreased libido.
Prescribed Medications: Taking some oral medications such as anti-depressants and benzodiazepines may cause a low sex drive. However, you should not stop medication without talking to your doctor.
Depression: Depression not only affects mental health but also leads to several other ailments. It can eventually leave an impact on men’s sex drive.
Stress and Sleep Disorder: Many men encounter the issue of reduced libido due to stress and sleep disorder. With proper treatment, it is possible to restore a healthy lifestyle.
Chronic Illness: Men with chronic illness or who have recently recovered from such an ailment may reduce libido. Consult a doctor about your medical history to start treatment.
Signs of Low Libido
- Lack of interest in sexual activity
- Minimal or no sexual desire
- Not feeling any pleasurable sensations during intercourse
- Low levels of testosterone.
Available Treatments for Decreased Libido
The treatment of decreased libido will depend on the underlying cause of a man’s low sex drive. Some treatments include medications, therapy, and often a few simple changes to the patient’s current diet and medication. A doctor can identify the cause of the decreased libido in patients, and provide solutions to improve their condition and guide them towards achieving the reproductive health goals.
Erectile dysfunction or ED is one of the most common sexual dysfunctions among men in the US. The Government data shows that nearly 30 million American men suffer from ED. Also, almost 1 in every 10 men experience long-term erectile dysfunction in their life.
This condition usually interferes with men’s inability to reach climax during sexual intercourse. A man has ED if he has the following symptoms:
- He gets an erection often, but not every time when wanting to have sex.
- He gets an erection, but it is for a short duration and not enough for a satisfactory sexual experience.
- He is not able to get an erection at all.
If you experience an erection issue, speak with a specialist doctor to find out the underlying cause. Generally, men with ED may also have a low sex drive. Tell your doctor about all the symptoms.
It is noteworthy that most men experience erectile dysfunction at some point. The common causes could be alcohol abuse, stress, lack of sleep, or others.
If you cannot get an erection 1 out of 5 times, it may not necessarily be erectile dysfunction. However, if you encounter this issue half of the time, you should consult a doctor. Due to improved modern medicines, ED does not have to remain a permanent health issue.
The most common causes of Erectile Dysfunction are:
- Low testosterone levels
- Performance anxiety
- Mental health issue
- Inactive lifestyle
- High blood pressure
- Side Effects of Medication
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
You may feel embarrassed and find it difficult to speak with a sexual health specialist about ED. However, keep in mind that a healthy and fulfilling sex life can vastly improve your quality of life and overall healthy living.