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Men’s Sexual Health

The Men’s Wellness Center (MWC) at Virginia Urology is designed to provide the resources for men to take an active role in living a healthy lifestyle. The dedicated physicians of this Center specialize in addressing all aspects of men’s health, particularly their sexual health.  There are a variety of preventative screenings and specialty clinics such as an Erectile Dysfunction (ED) clinic available to ensure you receive a full continuum of care.  Such care includes a comprehensive evaluation, laboratory test and the most modern treatments available.

The MWC addresses such issues as erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease, male infertility, low testosterone and sexual rehabilitation following a prostatectomy. Many of these conditions are impacted by lifestyle choices such as diet, smoking and exercise. However, some conditions can signal greater health issues such as cardiovascular disease and that is why it is important to address some of these rather personal issues.

Vasectomy

A vasectomy is a safe and effective means of birth control that millions of American men have used.  At Virginia Urology, it is one of the most commonly performed procedures done in our outpatient surgery center. It takes 15 to 20 minutes to perform.  Patients are able to go home immediately after the procedure, and after a few days of light activity, can resume a normal routine including sexual activity.  Vasectomy is often covered by insurance plans, and is a very cost effective and convenient method of birth control when considering the ongoing costs of other methods.

Alternative procedures such as bilateral tubal ligation or tubal occlusion procedures are more invasive and may have a higher operative risk when compared to vasectomy.  Also, vasectomy allows women to discontinue oral contraceptives avoiding the potential risks these medications may have over time.

It is important to understand that a patient is not sterile immediately after a vasectomy and that it takes time to clear sperm from the semen after the procedure.  At least 2 post-vasectomy semen analyses are required at 12 and 14 weeks following the procedure to ensure the absence of sperm in the semen, and insure the success of the vasectomy.  These are evaluated by an outside laboratory and instructions will be given to the patient.

The physicians at Virginia Urology have extensive experience with this procedure and are available to discuss this with you.  For additional information please review Virginia Urology’s Patient Guide for Vasectomy (PDF file). Please call and make an appointment at (804)288-0339.

Erectile Dysfunction

As many as 30 million men experience erectile dysfunction (ED). It can impact adult men at any age and can develop gradually or occur suddenly. In most cases of ED, it can be contributed to or caused by smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, prostate conditions, surgery and certain prescription medications. There is even research showing the link between ED and cardiovascular disease. The MWC offers a full range of diagnostic tests to determine the cause of ED. Because no two people are alike, our approach to treating ED is not a “one size fits all” treatment. Our physicians offer lifestyle changes, medications, injections, vacuum devices and penile prosthesis as options for treating ED. Our physicians have the most experience in Virginia with the penile implant. If you are experiencing ED please give us a call, we are here to help you.

Erectile Dysfunction Treatment Options:

  • Oral Medications
  • External Vacuum Device
  • Penile Injections
  • Penile Implants

Testosterone Deficiency

Low testosterone or hypogonadism affects approximately 13 million American men. This condition often goes undiagnosed and is often thought of as part of aging. However, it is a condition that deserves serious attention with implications of osteoporosis, erectile dysfunction, infertility, and could be an early sign of the presence of testicular tumors. There are some symptoms that include a decline in sex drive, fatigue and loss of muscle strength. Men with this condition may even carry more weight at their waistline which may indicate a higher risk for diabetes and heart disease. Our MWC physicians can screen for this with a simple blood test, and can offer several treatment options.

Sexual Rehabilitation Program

Virginia Urology is proud to be on the forefront of a patient’s recovery from prostatectomy. The sexual rehabilitation program is designed for patients that have undergone a prostatectomy. This program is much like physical therapy with exercises for tissues and muscles to enhance the blood flow to the penis. The rehabilitation program’s goal is to maximize the chances of regaining the sexual function enjoyed prior to surgery. Taking an active role in your recovery process is critically important.

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