We men are a little uncomfortable with our genitals. Girls rock skirts sans undies (thanks, Britney), but most guys wouldn't dare don a kilt. R-rated movies showcase female pink parts, but they cover Borat's junk with a black rectangle. And while women have an entire area of medicine dedicated to the health of their private regions, if it wasn't for the hernia check, we men would hardly drop trou at the doctor's office.The result? When it comes to caring for some of our most critical equipment—the stuff we need to, you know, keep our species going—we're virtually clueless. And that ain't good, because a lot can happen to a man's penis, testicles, and prostate: itchiness, infection, pain, bumps, sores, growths, rashes, burning, drooping, swelling, clogging, and, hell, cancer. If you're not paying attention, you can wind up sick, sterile, or dead. With a little knowledge, though, you can cut much of the bad stuff off at the pass. Start here. These nine scenarios may make you … [Read more...] about 9 Reproductive Problems You Can Prevent
Testicular varicocele ultrasound
If you’re not touching your junk every day, you ought to start, stat. Because the better you know what your balls feel like, the sooner you can spot any strange bumps and lumps down there. Such abnormalities can signal testicular cancer—one of the few types of cancer that is more common in younger guys. In fact, nearly half of all cases of testicular cancer occur in men ages 20 to 34, and nearly 80 percent strike before the age of 45, according to the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER).Here’s what it means if you feel something weird on your testicles. The most common sign of testicular cancer is any kind of lump, hardness, mass, or irregularity inside your testicle. You might notice it randomly, like when you’re scrubbing up in the shower or re-adjusting your junk. Pay attention to any changes in size, shape, or texture of your testicles. You might not be able to feel the mass … [Read more...] about What It Means If You Feel a Lump On Your Balls
Infertility refers to an inability to conceive after having regular unprotected sex. Infertility can also refer to the biological inability of an individual to contribute to conception, or to a female who cannot carry a pregnancy to full term. In many countries infertility refers to a couple that has failed to conceive after 12 months of regular sexual intercourse without the use of contraception. Studies indicate that slightly over half of all cases of infertility are a result of female conditions, while the rest are caused by either sperm disorders or unidentified factors. According to The Mayo Clinic, USA: About 20% of cases of infertility are due to a problem in the man. About 40% to 50% of cases of infertility are due to a problem in the woman. About 30% to 40% of cases of infertility are due to problems in both the man and the woman. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, USA, approximately 10% to 15% of couples in the USA are infertile - meaning … [Read more...] about Infertility: Causes, Diagnosis, Risks, Treatments
Varicoceles are similar to varicose veins, but they occur around the testicles rather than the legs. They do not usually cause any serious problems, but they can impact male fertility. They happen when certain veins in the scrotum become enlarged, due to a malfunction in some of the valves involved in pumping the blood. They affect around 15 percent of males, and they tend to form between the ages of 15 and 25 years. Varicoceles normally affect just one side, usually the left. This article will look at the causes, symptoms and treatments of varicoceles. A varicocele is an enlargement of the veins in the scrotum, the the bag that contains the testes. They are similar to varicose veins of the leg. They affect a type of vein known as the pampiniform plexus. The pampiniform plexus is found in the spermatic cord. This cord also holds the vas deferens, the tube that carries sperm, and the testicular artery, which transports blood to the testicles. The creation of sperm is most efficient at … [Read more...] about What is a varicocele and should I worry about it?
Reproduction and childbirth are important decisions for many couples, and having a baby can be a wonderful and fulfilling experience. But when conception and pregnancy don’t come easily, feelings of anxiety, distress, and frustration often arise. It is estimated that up to half of all cases of infertility are due to factors related to the male partner. Here are some possible causes and solutions. Infertility is widespread Globally, as many as 14 percent of couples are infertile, which is defined as the inability of a sexually active couple to get pregnant after one year of regular, unprotected intercourse. While social factors (such as the increasing age at which people marry) are at play, environmental factors, such as pollution and environmental toxins are other influences behind the prevalence of couples facing infertility today. Thankfully, there are simple things men can do to help boost their fertility. Diagnosis When infertility is in question, how is it … [Read more...] about What About His Fertility?