Most men hate going to the doctor.
Factor in an embarrassing problem that has to do with your “manhood” and the aversion multiplies tenfold.
Still, some below-the-belt problems are simple fixes, and once you get past the awkwardness of discussing what ails you, you can be walking out a soon-to-be new man.
Here are three examples.
- Low Testosterone
According to an August 2016 report on Steroidology.com, about 25% of men suffer from low testosterone. Symptoms can include fatigue, weight gain, depression and low libido.
It’s common for testosterone levels to drop as you age, but other lifestyle factors can also affect it. Smoking, excessive alcohol, lack of sleep and weight gain can all decrease testosterone. A simple blood test can determine if your levels are low.
- Difficulty Urinating
Men who have trouble urinating should talk to their doctor.
There are a number of things that can cause men to have difficulty urinating, such as an enlarged prostate, muscular conditions that affect the bladder’s function or even prostate cancer, though that’s much less frequently the cause.
- Erectile Dysfunction
Commonly known as “ED,” erectile dysfunction can have a number of difference causes.
Some factors are within your control. Limiting alcohol consumption, quitting smoking, reducing stress, losing weight, exercising more and improving your diet can also help erectile dysfunction—at least to some degree—for most men.
Many doctors believe that poor cardiovascular health is the number one reason men get ED because it reduces the blood flow to the penis.
Although ED isn’t a necessarily evil of aging, it does become more common as you get older.
For those who need a little additional help obtaining and maintaining an erection, drugs like Viagra, Levitra and Cialis can help.
You’ll need a prescription from your doctor, but you can get the prescription filled online via a licensed pharmacy if you’re not comfortable going to your local pharmacy in person.