Couples who experience infertility may be surprised at the toll that the experience is taking on them. It is often one of the hardest experiences a couple can experience. Men and women typically handle these emotions differently. For men facing fertility problems, one of the biggest challenges can be simply opening up and talking about the issue. The diagnosis of infertility can also cause many males to question their masculinity; however, it is important to remember male infertility is not uncommon.
As men’s health specialists, we see patients in the office every day for erectile dysfunction issues. Up to 66% of men with diabetes have erectile dysfunction, and many do not realize that their diabetes is contributing to their erectile problems. In fact, half of all men with diabetes will experience ED within 10 years of their diagnosis. We see quite a few men for erectile dysfunction that end up being diagnosed with diabetes after their visit with us.
June is Men’s Health Month
Did you know June is dedicated to raising awareness for issues impacting men’s health and wellness? Men are less apt to go to the doctors, so it is a great time for us to tell you some important news: It is time for you to focus on your health!
Nearly 15 percent of couples are infertile, meaning they haven’t gotten pregnant after trying without protection for at least a year, but infertility is not just a women’s issue. Both genders can have problems that affect fertility. In fact, men can be the cause of infertility in a couple in up to 50% of cases.
You have most likely heard the phrase “You are what you eat.” The risk of acquiring a certain disease is influenced by a person’s genetics; however, lifestyle factors play a large role in determining whether or not someone develops that disease. These factors can be diet, exercise, smoking, etc. Eating unhealthy foods and lack of exercise can lead to obesity, and obesity increases your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. These diseases increase your chances of experiencing urological issues such as erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer.