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  • Heart disease and erectile function

    Heart disease and erectile function

    Men: Don’t be surprised if a discussion with your doctor about erection problems veers into a talk about your heart, or vice versa. Problems getting or keeping an erection may be a red flag for heart trouble down the road, and many men with heart disease have sexual concerns they aren’t talking about. The connection […]

  • Are erectile dysfunction pills safe for men with heart disease?

    Are erectile dysfunction pills safe for men with heart disease?

    Published: September, 2005 In men without cardiovascular disease, erectile dysfunction (ED) pills are very safe. The three rivals — Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra — have similar side effects, including headache, facial flushing, nasal congestion, diarrhea, backache, and, in a few Viagra or Levitra users, temporary impaired color vision (men with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare eye […]

  • When You Visit Your Doctor – Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections

    When You Visit Your Doctor – Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections

    Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor: With each of the bladder or urinary tract infections that you have you had, as far back as you can remember: What were the dates of each? Was a urine culture done to prove you had an infection? What treatment was given, and how quickly […]

  • When You Visit Your Doctor – Erectile Dysfunction or Impotence

    When You Visit Your Doctor – Erectile Dysfunction or Impotence

    Erectile Dysfunction or Impotence Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor: Do you smoke cigarettes? Have you been screened for other medical problems such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes? Do you exercise regularly? How much? How often? Do you have a neurologic disease or sickle-cell disease? Are you taking any medications […]

  • When You Visit Your Doctor – Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

    When You Visit Your Doctor – Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

    Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), or Enlarged Prostate Questions to Discuss With Your Doctor: Over the past month, how often have you had a sensation of not emptying your bladder completely after you finished urinating? Over the past month, how often have you had to urinate again less than two hours after you finished urinating? Over […]

  • Ask the doctor: Herbal supplements to treat erectile dysfunction?

    Ask the doctor: Herbal supplements to treat erectile dysfunction?

    Ask the doctor Q. I have used prescription medication for my erectile dysfunction (ED), but have seen herbal products advertised to help with ED. Do they work? A. Despite the heavy advertising of pills to “improve your sex life,” there is no proof that most dietary supplements—which include vitamins, nutritional additives, and herbal products—are effective. […]

  • Treating low testosterone levels

    Men naturally lose testosterone as they age, but there are ways to increase declining levels. Testosterone is the hormone that gives men their manliness. Produced by the testicles, it is responsible for male characteristics like a deep voice, muscular build, and facial hair. Testosterone also fosters the production of red blood cells, boosts mood, keeps […]

  • Kegels: Not for women only

    Women use kegels to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles, but men may also benefit from doing these exercises. Image: © Eraxion /Thinkstock Kegel exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles have long been seen as just for women, but they may be a way for men to address some common unpleasant issues as they age. “Men […]

  • All-natural tips to improve your sex life

    Exercise, diet changes may help reverse ED If erectile dysfunction has you down, and you don’t want to rely on drugs, these five natural solutions, as found in the Harvard Special Health Report Erectile Dysfunction: How medication, lifestyle changes, and other therapies can help you conquer this vexing problem, may reverse your ED and improve […]

  • Testosterone, prostate cancer, and balding: Is there a link?

    Testosterone, prostate cancer, and balding: Is there a link?

    Published: September, 2005 We can thank the Greeks for the name doctors apply to male hormones. Androgen comes from the words meaning “man-maker,” and it’s a well-chosen term. Testosterone is the most potent androgen, and it does make the man. It’s responsible for the deep voice, increased muscle mass, and strong bones that characterize the […]

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