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Guy Talk: Erectile Dysfunction, Enlarged Prostate and Urination

August 15, 2019

If you’re suffering from erectile dysfunction, it could be a sign of other health concerns.

“Young men often avoid doctors because they feel invincible,” says Tallwood Men’s Health urologist Dr. John Griffith. “It’s a habit that grows stronger with age, and as older men start to face health challenges that mindset is becomes a hurdle to taking basic steps to figure out what’s happening with their bodies,” Griffith said. “With that in mind—this event is a great way for men concerned about erectile dysfunction or other urological issues to get a bit of information in a relaxed setting, to learn more about symptoms, causes and, most important, treatment.”

Erectile dysfunction can be caused or made worse by lifestyle choices such smoking or obesity. Hormones, blood flow or nerve supply are other areas physicians look at, while the condition can sometimes be linked to health concerns such as heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, or high blood pressure. If you think you have a problem, it’s time to ask questions.

“For a long time this was a difficult subject for men to talk about but, fortunately, we’ve started to break through that old wall,” Griffith said. “I’m thrilled to deliver a bit of information and answer questions because this is a problem no man should ignore — it’s too serious.”

How Is BPH/Enlarged Prostate Diagnosed?

Your medical history (including urinary symptoms), a physical exam and blood and urine tests are all considered when diagnosing an enlarged prostate.

How do urologists evaluate your urinary symptoms? With the American Urological Association’s BPH Symptom Score Index (see the seven questions below), your urologist is better able to evaluate the extent and severity of what you are living with:

  1. How often have you had a sensation of not emptying your bladder completely after you finished urinating?
  2. How often have you had to urinate again less than 2 hours after you finished urinating?
  3. How often have you stopped and started again several times when you urinated?
  4. How often have you found it difficult to urinate?
  5. How often have you had a weak urinary stream?
  6. How often have you had to push or strain to begin urination?
  7. How many times did you most typically get up to urinate from the time you went to bed at night until the time you got up in the morning?

For more information, including a downloadable guide, about erectile dysfunction and urinary difficulties, click here.

Committed to maintaining your health? Start by talking to your primary care physician. Or call Tallwood Men’s Health at 860.678.5700. For more information, click here.