It's probably nothing, but you should still get it checked.

Many Australian men do not look after their own health very well.  They tend to avoid or delay regular health checks and their health is often poorer than that of women the same age. Men can often improve their health with changes to diet, exercise and other lifestyle habits.

 

In addition to general health services, our doctors are able to help with:

 

Prostate Health

 

The prostate is a gland found only in men. It sits in the groin, behind the base of the penis inside the body. The main function of the prostate is to produce one of the major fluids that make up semen.

The urethra, the tube which carries urine from the bladder to the penis, also runs through the prostate. The prostate connects to the urethra so that the fluid it makes can be mixed with the fluid from the testes and ejaculated.

Anything that causes swelling or enlargement to the prostate can affect a man’s ability to pass urine.  This is one of the most common signs that there may be a problem with the prostate.

The common symptoms of prostate disease are:

  • difficulty in passing urine, for example difficulty getting started or dribbling

  • frequent urination

  • waking at night to urinate.

  • pain or burning when passing urine

  • pain when ejaculating.

If you have any of the symptoms, it’s important to see your doctor.

There are three main conditions that can affect your prostate. They are:

  • prostate enlargement

  • prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland)

  • prostate cancer.

Prostate enlargement and prostate cancer usually only affect men over the age of 50 year.  Prostatitis can affect men of any age. It is important for men, no matter what their age, to discuss prostate health with their doctor.  It can be discussed no matter what the reason for your visit to the doctor.


Erectile Dysfunction
 

Erectile dysfunction, or impotence, means not being able to get or keep an erection that is sufficient for sexual intercourse. Many men have impotence at some time in their lives. It can come and go.

Impotence can have a range of causes, both physical and psychological.

You may need treatment for both physical and psychological causes of impotence. Erectile dysfunction can usually be managed, so you can expect a positive result from treatment.

 

Sexual Health Checks

 

Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) and Blood Borne Viruses (BBV) are infections that can be passed on through vaginal, anal or oral sex.  

Most are transmitted through the exchange of sexual fluids, but some can be passed on through skin to skin genital contact.

STI’s can cause a wide range of health problems, from mild irritations to more serious illness.  The most common STIs can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, scarred fallopian tubes, ectopic pregnancies or infertility if left untreated.

Between 50% – 70% of people with an STI do not know they have the infection, because they have no symptoms.

If you have ever had sex without a condom it is important to get a sexual health check.

 

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