What every man needs to know

Why men need to know more

Good health is vital for a happy and full life. But men might not look after themselves as well as they could. For example, women aged between 25 and 34 are twice as likely to visit a doctor than men of the same age. Yet, men do not live as long and have more health risks than women, so it is crucial that men know more about looking after their health.

Male reproductive health is also very important. The normal working of the male reproductive system plays a key role in many areas of well-being. Knowing more about your body, how it works, and what diseases can affect you is the first step to a healthier life.

What can go wrong?

Like any other part of the human body, things can sometimes go wrong with the male reproductive system. When they do, it’s important to see a doctor quickly. With most problems, getting help early on can avoid serious long-term problems.

Some of the more common problems that men may face are:

Male infertility: which can have many causes, is often treatable and should be investigated before starting assisted reproductive technologies.

Prostate disease: more common in the older male, can make urinating difficult.  Treatment is available, often in the form of drugs or surgery.

Erectile dysfunction: commonly referred to as impotence, can happen as a result of another underlying health problem such as diabetes. There are not any specific treatments that will cure erectile dysfunction, but there are treatments that will allow erections to happen.

Androgen deficiency: is linked with low testosterone levels, which can play a part in feelings of low energy and easy fatigue, irritability and a reduced sex drive.  Once the diagnosis of androgen deficiency is made, treatment can begin with a positive effect on quality of life.

Testicular cancer: often thought to be a young man’s disease, has a high survival rate if detected early. Self-examination of the testis should be encouraged for early detection.

How to find out more

The most important step is to see your doctor.

And also order publications from Andrology Australia (free of charge for Australian residents) for quality and up-to-date information on a range of male health problems.

Last modified: December 4, 2013
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