At Blacketts Medical Practice, we can advise, reassure and educate men of all ages about their health, well-being and lifestyle concerns.
Testicular self examination
Self examination can detect lumps and bumps on the testicles. If you find something you are unsure of, make an appointment to see a GP. The patient care advisor at reception or on the switchboard can endeavor to make the appointment with a male GP if preferred.
Get used to examining yourself, perhaps monthly so you will get used to what is normal for you. If changes happen, make an appointment to see the doctor. Testicle problems can be treated successfully; the earlier they are detected the better.
Learn more about testicular lumps and swellings at NHS Choices.
Prostate problems can commence from as early as your 40s. Some of the symptoms you may experience are a delay for the flow of urine to start, the flow not being as forceful as usual and dribbling of urine when you think you have finished. Another sign is if you are getting up regularly at night to pass urine.
If this is you, see your Doctor, who will examine you and may wish to arrange a blood test. Prostate problems can be treated successfully with tablets; however a few patients may need an operation.
If you are being referred for a blood test for prostate problems, please be aware you should not have:
- Have an active urinary infection
- Ejaculated in the last 48 hours
- Exercised heavily in the last 48 hours
- Had a prostate biopsy in the last six weeks
- Had a digital rectal examination in the last week
This is the inability to obtain or maintain an erection that is adequate for intercourse to take place. Erection problems can start as early as your 40s. This can be brought on by certain medical conditions such as diabetes, or low testosterone (male hormone) levels. Your Doctor will check for these problems.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) has been called “penile angina”. This is because the artery that supplies the penis is about one third of the diameter of a coronary (heart) artery; hence your Doctor will check your cholesterol, blood pressure, your weight, smoking and alcohol to see if there are any risk factors for future heart disease.
Do not panic, there are treatments to help with this problem, it may be as simple as losing weight and getting fit or it may involve medication like sildenafil (Viagra) (but there are others). Find out more about ED treatment on NHS Choices. Sildenafil is now available on NHS prescription but other similar medication is only free on the NHS if you have certain conditions. See NHS Choices for more information.