You might be excused for thinking that men are spared most of the health problems in life, given that women are called “the weaker sex”. But sadly that’s not the case.
Men have their share of embarrassing and sometimes fatal diseases, too, plus they don’t like to see doctors. Good luck convincing your man to see a doctor if you’re a woman, and men, you know what we mean.
Here are the most common men’s ailments that can turn them, almost literally, into little scared girls:
Have you ever experienced sudden groin pain, or sudden swelling around that area? This is no laughing matter, although it might be funny for your friends to see you walking like a cowboy after your trip to the doc.
Normally, a man's testicles are attached to his body in two ways: by spermatic cords, which run into the abdomen, and by fleshy anchors near the scrotum. But sometimes, in a relatively common congenital defect, these anchors are missing. This allows one of the spermatic cords to get twisted, which cuts off the flow of blood to the testicle.
Now, that’s testicular torsion.
The good news is if you catch it within 4 to 6 hours, you can save the testicle. The bad news is, after 12 to 24 hours, you’ll be the one among your friends to have the special nickname ‘Uniballer’.
ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION (ED)
It’s embarrassing when you can’t perform in bed, and even harder (pardon our pun) when it happens all the time. Just once should be enough to send any red-blooded man scrambling for the doctor, right?
Wrong. Men are notorious for refusing to stop to ask for directions, and they are just as stubborn when it comes to seeking medical attention.
But if the above describes you, you can stop reading this right now and just go ahead to book an appointment with your urologist, because your little guy isn’t going to get better on his own.
Modern medications like Cialis or Viagra can treat erectile dysfunction. There’s no need to suffer in silence, or alienate your partner by keeping her in the dark.
This is the opposite of erectile dysfunction, and it’s a boner that never quits. You might feel like quite the Casanova but for the pain, oh, the pain. Underlying causes however, include drug and alcohol abuse, side-effects from certain medications, including some antidepressants and blood pressure medications, and blood diseases, including leukemia and sickle cell anemia.
The longer this goes on, the higher the possibility of damaging your joy toy.
In most cases, treatment involves draining the blood using a needle placed in the side of the penis. Medications that help shrink blood vessels, which decreases blood flow to the penis, also may be used.
In rare cases, surgery may be required to avoid permanent damage to the penis. If the condition is due to sickle cell disease, a blood transfusion may be necessary. Treating any underlying medical condition or substance abuse problem is important to preventing priapism.
If reading these treatments doesn’t make your boner go away, you’ve got priapism for sure.
The American Cancer Society recommends monthly testicular self-examinations (TSE) for men over age 15. Apparently, they are serious.
Anyway, a TSE is best performed after a warm bath or shower, when the skin of the scrotum is relaxed. After looking for any changes in appearance, carefully examine each testicle by rolling it between the fingers and thumbs of both hands to check for any lumps.
This is such a rare cancer that it barely even registers on the cancer chart countdowns. The good news is that it is highly curable. The bad news is that it involves hard radiation or cancer killing chemicals – all directed towards your jolly good fellows. The worst case scenario: one or both of them gets the cut.
Your gonads (testicles) secrete testosterone, which men like Rambo have so much of. This hormone plays an important role in the development and maintenance of many of your defining male physical characteristics, such as excessive hairiness, increased muscle mass and strength, fat distribution, bone mass, sperm production and sex drive.
When your little boys don’t produce enough testosterone, you get Hypogonadism.
Doctors say it may be due to primary hypogonadism, which occurs when there is a
problem or abnormality in the testicles. Or it could be secondary hypogonadism, which occurs when there is a problem with the pituitary gland in the brain which is responsible for sending chemical messages to the testicles to produce testosterone.
Now, for the most virile of us, there’s nothing more frightening than getting male boobs, (also named moobs) and getting mood swings like a little, little girl.
Thankfully, once the cause is identified, male hormone replacement (testosterone replacement therapy or TRT) or pituitary hormones may be administered to take care of this problem.
BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERPLASIA (BPH)
This refers to the increase in size of your prostate, a gland that helps you produce fluids for sperm to thrive in. The prostate gland is located somewhere in between your bladder and your rectum.
Also called benign enlargement of the prostate (BEP), it affects middle-aged and elderly men, and every man after the age of 40 is at risk.
If left untreated, you may have an increased risk of urinary tract infections, urinary bladder stones, and the inability to pee (acute urinary retention). Some men who have chronic urinary retention may eventually end up with renal failure.
On the other hand, it might also be an undiscovered prostate tumour. Prostate cancer is ranked 7th on the list of cancers fatal to men. Do get “it” checked!