Men's Health

Information on men's health issues, fitness, and lifestyle.

Qus & Ans: Male Factor

Qus and Ans: Male Factor ABNORMAL SEMEN ANALYSIS I have undergone 3 IUI's and all three showed white blood cells in my husband's semen. What could cause the white blood cells to be present even though there were no bacteria present and he does not have any abnormal symptoms? White blood cells in semen can result from an inflammatory or immune process. If there are no signs of infection, you doctor may want to evaluate...

Conceiving in NATURE'S WAY

Conceiving in NATURE'S WAY Human conception is an elegantly simple and marvelously complex series of events. Before we can begin to discuss the reasons certain couples have difficulty conceiving, it is important to have a full understanding of the way things are supposed to work. A good working knowledge of normal events will make the steps that can be taken to evaluate a couple's fertility make more sense. Understanding "...

What Causes Dementia?

What Causes Dementia? Basic Introduction to Causes Changes that Occur During Alzheimer's Disease Genetic Issues Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms Basic Introduction to Causes The exact cause of Alzheimer's Disease, a form of dementia, is still unknown. However, scientists have been able to indentify several contributing factors. Alzheimer's Disease is known to have a genetic componant as well as an environmental...

Before You Conceive

Before You Conceive So, you are ready to get pregnant. You have your finances and medical insurance in order, your partner is supportive of the decision to have a child, and you feel ready to begin a new journey. Before you begin trying to conceive, there are some things to consider. Healthy moms, healthy babies Adopt a healthy life-style as soon as you begin trying to conceive. That means no smoking or being...

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy - A Mysterious Pain Explained

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy - A Mysterious Pain Explained An otherwise healthy patient presents to the emergency department of her local hospital after falling onto her out-stretched arms. She has an obvious deformity of her wrist. The ER physician consults an Orthopedic surgeon who successfully reduces her broken wrist and places a cast over her wrist and lower arm. The patient is discharged home in good condition. Several days later she returns to...

Anti-sperm Antibodies (ASA): Common Q & A

Q. Is there a name for this process? A. Yes. Production of anti-sperm antibodies (ASA) is a form of "auto-immunity". Although anti-sperm antibodies are harmless to the individual who has them, other types of auto-antibodies can be dangerous. There is a whole category of diseases called "auto-immune diseases", which can be very harmful. Anti-sperm antibodies are NOT included among these illnesses...

Haemorrhoids (Piles)

Hemorrhoids are dilated veins located in the wall of the lower rectum and anus. Hemorrhoids occur when the normal veins in the lower rectum or anus become enlarged. They may eventually bleed or become inflamed or develop a blood clot (thrombus). They may be of two types namely internal or external (skin tags). Both internal and external hemorrhoids may remain in the anus or protrude outside the...

Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccines (MMR)

Adverse Events After MMR Vaccination Adverse events associated with administration of MMR vaccine range from local pain, induration, and edema to rare systemic reactions such as anaphylaxis. Side effects tend to occur among vaccine recipients who are nonimmune and therefore are very rare after revaccination. Expert committees at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently reviewed all evidence...

Few Myths and Misconceptions about High Blood Pressure

Few Myths and Misconceptions about High Blood Pressure Myth: Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is normal. Fact Though more than 50 million Americans have high blood pressure, hypertension is not a "normal" condition. The Sixth Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood 1997 guidelines (JNC VI) defines hypertension as blood pressure greater than or equal to 140 mm Hg systolic pressure...

Qus & Ans: Inseminations

Qus and Ans: Inseminations My husband has a low sperm count and low motility.(8.9 Mil after wash for IUI). This has progressively incresed since the first IUI we had done (2.8Mil after wash). He found out after the first IUI that he has low thyroid and he has begun medication, in the mean time, he has been taking Proxeed (male vitamin, supposed to help w/ motility) and we have started to see the increase. We got cocky...

Qus & Ans: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Qus and Ans: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) I am on a PCOS mailing list. Recently there has been mention that the use of Clomid for seven days (starting cycle day 1 instead of cd 3 or cd 5) instead of five days is better for PCOS women. Is this true? If so could you give me a link to some written information on the subject. Different doctors use Clomid in different ways. In general, prudence dictates that one should use the lowest possible...

Get the Scoop on Your Skin

Get the Scoop on Your Skin The poor misunderstood skin. Many people don't think of it as a living thing. They just think of it as an external "wrapping layer" for the body that keeps the inner organs from falling out. :) Well, in fact, the skin is very much alive and it's also the largest organ of the body...accounting for a full 12% of your weight. The skin performs several essential functions. "...the three that are by...

Fertility: General Questions and Answers

Fertility: General Questions and Answers SEEING A SPECIALIST Q: I am wondering if it is possible to conceive with PCOS, thyroid disease, and Factor 5 blood disorder in a fairly reasonable time. We have been trying for a year and have now been referred to a specialist. I have two other children but have never had to see a specialist. I don't think I can handle the ups and downs of infertility much longer - what can a specialist do...

Stress Basics

What is Stress? Definition: a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation. Stress is tension or pressures that are a natural part of living our lives. Changes and events in our lives (getting married, illness, changing jobs) are a major source of stress. Pressures and tension from both good and bad changes can trigger our...

Eating Disorders and Infertility

Eating Disorders and Infertility As many of us have found as we battle this foe called "infertility, ú so many factors can play a part in whether or not we will be able to conceive. Unfortunately, here is an additional aspect to consider. Eating disorders affect more than 5 million American women in their teens through child-bearing years. Unfortunately, these millions of women may not even know that their fertility, in addition...

Herniation of Intervertebral Disk

EPSTEIN, J.A. Essentials of Diagnosis Lumbosacral Disk Back pain aggravated by motion, and pain radiating down the back of the leg and aggravated by coughing or straining. Sciatic nerve painful to pressure and stretch (straight-leg raising). CSF protein may be elevated; myelograms reveal characteristic defect. Cervical Disk Paroxysmal pains and paresthesias from back of neck radiating into the...

Kidney

The kidneys are bean-shaped excretory organs in vertebrates. Part of the urinary system, the kidneys filter wastes (especially urea) from the blood and excrete them, along with water, as urine. The medical field that studies the kidneys and diseases affecting the kidney is called nephrology, from the Greek name for the kidney; the adjective meaning "kidney-related" is renal, from the Latin....

Exercise: Staying With the Program is the Challenge

Exercise: Staying With the Program You've heard it a thousand times: "exercise to lose weight, live longer and feel your best." But how do you find a program you can stick with? The good news is that just 15 to 30 minutes of moderate to brisk exercise even walking at least three times a week can make a difference in your life. Many medical studies show that exercise lowers your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity,...

Antihypertensives Prescribing Notes

Antihypertensives Prescribing Notes Lowering of even mildly or moderately elevated blood pressure significantly reduces cardiovascular morbidity. Assessment Blood Pressure : The British Hypertension Society recommends that all adults should have their blood pressure measured at least every 5 years until the age of 80. Those with high normal values (135-139 over 85-89) or a history of high readings should be remeasured annually....

Chlamydia / Gonorrhea

Chlamydia / Gonorrhea According to the Centers for Disease Control (1993) there are 12 million cases of sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases reported annually. One quarter of those afflicted are teens. Chlamydia is a particularly dangerous sexually transmitted disease because 75% of women and 25% of men do not have any symptoms. The bacteria is transmitted during vaginal, oral or anal sexual contact with an...