About once or
twice a month, I see a young male in his late teens or early 20s who come to me
to evaluate a bump or lesion on his penis. Interestingly, many of these men
have sought evaluation before and STILL don't know what they have.
Here are the
most common causes of this symptom:
grouped lesions on the penis that are painful? Think about genital herpes as the cause. These lesions can also occur on the buttocks or anal area. The
initial outbreak may be associated with fever. Herpes is the most common STD in
and most genital lesions in men are herpes.
Have a bump
that looks like a wart or has a cauliflower appearance? You may have genital
warts. Warts are caused by certain strains of human papillomavirus --
different ones than those that cause cervical cancer in women. In most cases,
the warts do not cause symptoms, but occasionally they can burn, itch or be
tender. They can also produce a discharge. The lesions may be tan, pink or
How many men would take pain pills if they knew that the pills might shrink their testicles? Besides testicular size, pain pills can wreck havoc on a man's ability to have sex, make babies, build muscles, and enjoy life. All of these side effects to opioid medications are caused by the fact that chronic opioid use lowers testosterone levels. This fact is not widely known, yet widely experienced. " Opioid-induced androgen deficiency " affects thousands of men. In a complex process that involves some very important hormones, both men and women can experience symptoms of low testosterone.
The most common symptoms from abnormally low testosterone levels - hypogonadism - are:
Low muscle mass
If any of this sounds familiar, a doctor can order a simple blood test (the Total Testo...
Assisted Reproductive Technologies Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) are medical techniques that help couples conceive. These procedures involve either: A couple's own eggs or sperm Donor eggs, sperm, or embryos Fertilization may occur either in the laboratory or in the uterus. In the U.S., the number of live birth deliveries from ART has dramatically increased in the last decade. About 40,000 live births (deliveries of one or more infants) occur in the U.S. each year using assisted reproductive technologies. Technically, the term ART refers only to fertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and its variants, which handle both egg and sperm. Therefore intrauterine insemination (artificial insemination) is not officially considered a form of ART. Sperm Retrieval Procedures Before fertilization using intrauterine insemination (IUI) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) can take place, the sperm must be collected and prepared. When a man has no available sperm in the ...
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