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If you’re one of the many men suffering from erectile dysfunction Des Moines urologist Dr. Fawad Zafar has news for you.  A new treatment for men with potency problems is gaining international momentum. It’s the first development since the introduction of Viagra some 15 years ago and although still experimental, it appears to be rapidly growing in popularity.

This new treatment claims to improve a patient’s blood flow and therefore improve function in men whose erectile difficulties can be traced to vascular issues.  The treatment is founded on shock-wave therapy that is used in several other areas of medicine, with differing degrees of success.

Unlike existing treatments for erectile dysfunction (which are typically used on demand and work in the short term), this revolutionary new treatment appears to work in the longer term.

Existing treatment

Existing treatments such as pills, injections and vacuum devices aid in overriding immediate problems but don’t actually alter the underlying problem with the erectile mechanism. This new treatment, however, aims to restore the mechanism so that natural and spontaneous erections are possible in men who suffer from vascular problems.

Your Des Moines urologist reports that poor penile blood flow is a common cause of potency problems, estimated to affect over 70 per cent of men with erectile dysfunction caused by physiological (rather than psychological) issues.

This diverse population of men includes those who may already be suffering from cardiovascular disease or risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or a history of smoking

Whats New?

During this new procedure, shock-wave treatment is given in an outpatient setting – in short bursts – often no longer than 20 minutes at a time. The treatment is not painful, therefore no sedation is used and men can return to work immediately following the procedure.

Because the treatment is still in its early stages, men have only been monitored for a short time. And to date, research indicates that in over 65 per cent of the men who respond, the effect lasts at least two years.

It may sound too good to be true, but the research indicates that this treatment probably possesses unprecedented qualities that can restore erectile tissue.

Epididymitis is a common problem among men. It is a condition of the testicles that leads to the inflammation of the epididymis. In the testicular region, there is a coiled tube that is tasked with the responsibility of storing and carrying sperm. This coiled tube is known as epididymis. Any kind of inflammation or infection in the epididymis is regarded as epididymitis. Any kind of pain in the testicles or in the testicular area that doesn’t have any particular cause or physical injury to blame for can be epididymitis.

Visiting an urologist in Des Moines can get you diagnosed for the problem and also offer surefire treatment.


Causes of Epididymitis

There are several potential causes of epididymitis but the most common ones are sexually transmitted disease or diseases and bacterial infection. It has been noted that young and sexually active men in the age group of late teens to mid thirties are most prone to sexually transmitted diseases and that cause epididymitis. Among men who are not very sexually active or are take adequate precautions and among homosexual men, epididymitis may be caused by bacterial infections.

Studies have shown that two sexually transmitted diseases are most likely to cause epididymitis – Chlamydia and gonorrhea. It must be noted that epididymitis is not caused by any fungal or viral infections. Physical injury doesn’t necessary cause epididymitis.

In rare cases, epididymitis is also caused by urine flowing backwards towards the epididymis. This is known as chemical epididymitis. This specific type of epididymitis may be caused by straining or heavy lifting.


Symptoms of Epididymitis

Men suffering from epididymitis will experience pain in the testicles and scrotal area. The testicles would turn tender. There may be a lump or tenderness on one side of the testicles. Pain is usually associated during urination as well as sexual intercourse. If a sexually transmitted disease or STD has caused epididymitis then penile discharge would be a common symptom, more of a surefire sign.


Diagnosis & Treatment

Dr. Zafar who is a veteran urologist in Des Moines conducts a series of diagnostic tests at Lakeview Center for Urology to identify the precise cause of epididymitis, the severity of the problem and also assesses other associated factors to determine the best course of treatment.

Dr. Zafar would conduct a physical exam, rectal examination, STD testing, ultrasound testing and nuclear scan among others. Not all tests are always necessary but they are considered to chart out the treatment plan.

Epididymitis is completely curable and you should stringently adhere to the treatment of Dr. Zafar to bid adieu to the persistent pain and symptoms of epididymitis.

Millions of newborns in the United States and across the world are circumcised shortly after birth. It is a religious practice for many while some demographics have a cultural obligation. Circumcision is mandatory in some countries but most developed nations have not made it imperative.

Since the surgery for circumcision is mostly carried out among infants and absolute newborns, it is the parents that take the decision. Most parents struggle to decide whether or not to get their boy circumcised. But more than this dilemma, it is the fear of a surgery that crops up several questions. To be completely informed about the surgery, you should talk to your urologist in Des Moines.

The first thing you must know is that circumcision is a completely safe procedure. There are some risks, like with any other surgery, but the risks are very minimal and rare. The two common risks of circumcision surgery are bleeding and infection. Most veteran surgeons have a track record of having no side effects or untoward impacts of the procedure. There is less than 1% likelihood that a child would suffer bleeding or infections. The bleeding can be stopped immediately and infections can be easily treated and completely cured by antibiotics.

The second factor that influences the decision of most parents is whether or not circumcision has any benefits. The medical community is split in their opinions about the benefits of circumcision. They all agree that there are some benefits but many believe that the benefits are very desirable while others believe that they hardly matter much.

Benefits Of Circumcision

Circumcised boys find it easy to keep their penises clean. Without the foreskin, it remains more hygienic. There is no ground for urinary tract infections or any other kind of bacterial or fungal infections. Urinary tract infections are not that common among infants but the likelihood of it is more among uncircumcised boys than circumcised ones.

Circumcised boys are less likely to develop sexually transmitted diseases and there is study to prove such a benefit but doctors are convinced that if safe and protective sex is practiced then circumcision hardly plays a noticeable role.

Weighing in the risks and the benefits, it wouldn’t be inaccurate to state that circumcision is a very safe surgery and has some mild advantages but it remains to be a decision that parents would have to take, unless there is cultural and religious obligation to be in favor of it. To be more certain of what you should decide for you boy, it is ideal for you to have a detailed consultation with a urologist in Des Moines.

Surgery – The Price Cut

If parents do decide in favor of circumcision, it is better to get their newborns circumcised as soon as possible. As they grow up, the foreskin develops further and the surgeries take longer as they become several months or years old.

The three aspects to look at while deciding on the prime cut are the expertise of the surgeon or your choice of urologist in Des Moines, the effective anesthetics and the avoiding of all risks and challenges.

Menopause is typically a medical condition that is confined to women. It is an age related natural condition when estrogen which is the female reproductive hormone is no longer secreted by the female body. Traditionally, menopause has been associated with ageing women, normally in their forties but in recent times, even younger women in their late thirties or early thirties are also entering the perimenopause or menopause phases. Until now menopause was a problem only among females but doctors are observing the same problem among ageing men as well, with the only difference being in the reduction or halting of secretion of testosterone instead of estrogen.

Does Menopause Affect Bladder Control?

Both men and women can suffer from menopause and both can also struggle with bladder control. Ageing men and women usually do not have the same level of bladder control that they have in their younger days. As an urologist in Des Moines would put it, with age and several other physical deteriorations, the bladder tends to lose its elasticity and tends to get weak. It doesn’t manage to exert the same pressure, either to hold liquid or to pump out urine.

Bladder control is a problem among males and females and is mostly an age related problem but it has been found that menopause can trigger the worsening condition of the bladder. Estrogen secretion in women and testosterone or androgen secretion in men keep the bladder healthy. As estrogen and testosterone production deteriorates and eventually stops, the bladder tends to get bloated. As the outer membranes of the bladder expand, the muscles around it lose the ability to exert enough pressure inside the bladder, thus leading to several problems.

Should you be experiencing any trouble with bladder control during or after menopause, you must consult with an urologist in Des Moines.

There are many symptoms of worsening bladder control. There would be infrequent urination, trouble urinating, a sense of incomplete urination would be prominent and one would have trouble holding back urine. The symptoms may worsen during the night. While an urologist in Des Moines would diagnose the problem and offer medications, there are some things that you can do on your own back home.

What Else Causes Bladder Control Problems in Older Women?

All factors that may trigger bladder control should be checked, such as consuming too much liquid, tea, coffee, alcohol and anything that may make the situation worse. Also, menopause itself has to be addressed if it is one of the causes or the primary cause for worsening bladder control. There are hormone therapies for men as well as women which can delay the onset of menopause, can stave it off for a long time or can manage the symptoms of menopause and prevent it from affecting other bodily organs.

What Treatments Can Help You Regain Bladder Control?

Menopause is likely to impact bladder control and with age some other factors like medications, nerve damage or infections can worsen the situation. Speaking with an urologist in Des Moines and addressing menopause and bladder control should be opted for as soon as practically possible.

Bottom Line: No one needs to suffer the embarrassment of urinary incontinence.


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