Andrology & Men’s Healthcare at Lotus Diagnostic Centre
Lotus Diagnostic Centre’s Andrology and Men’s Health OPD department has specialists who are trained in Urology and Andrology. They provide medical consultation and treatment plans for a large range of health issues specific to men. Our doctors are well known for their expertise in handling conditions related to the urinary and reproductive system in men. Our centre uses latest diagnostic equipment to accurately test the functioning of these organs. Specialists working with us have the expertise to recommend the required medications/lifestyle changes to help our patients achieve good health and vitality.
Diagnostic Services & Procedures Offered at Lotus:
- Semen Analysis with morphology
- Anti-sperm Antibody testing
- Post-vasectomy Semen Analysis
- Scrotal Doppler & Scan
- TRUS scan
When Should You Visit an Andrologist
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
STDs are infections that are spread from one person to another, usually during vaginal, anal and oral sex. In men, common symptoms include:
- Pain and/or discomfort at the time of having sex or passing urine
- Blisters, bumps or rashes on the penis and areas around it.
- Unfamiliar discharge or bleeding from the penis
- Painful or swelling in the testes
Some common STDs are:
HIV: HIV is a virus that damages the immune system leading where body fails to deal with even common illnesses and infections. The body’s defence mechanism gets arrested and compromised and it ceases to prevent illness from taking its toll on the body.
Hepatitis-B: This virus spreads through sex or sharing of personal hygiene items like razors or tooth brush. This virus has the potential to cause Hepatitis and Cancer.
Hepatitis-C: A virus infection that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation. The virus spreads when a person comes in contact with contaminated blood by use of sharing needles of from unsterile equipment where a contact with blood vessels happen)
Herpes: The infection are generally found in the mouth and/or genitals and manifests as blistery sores. There is no cure, but symptoms are treatable.
- HSV-1: primarily causes oral herpes
- HSV-2: primarily causes genital herpes
HPV: HPV group of viruses are the most common STDs. Some types are implicated in cancer cervix in women and penile, anal, throat and head & neck. Cancers in men & Women.
Syphilis: No treatment can lead to severe issues in men and women.
Gonorrhoea & Chlamydia Trachomatis: These are the commonest causes of sterility in men and women.
Erectile dysfunction, often referred to as ED, is the inability to achieve and sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse.
The prevalence of erectile dysfunction increases with age and whilst around 20% of adult men suffer from erectile dysfunction that increases to 50% for men aged 40 and above.This can also occur in younger men due to diabetes. Modern treatment protocols mean that majority of our patients are able to successfully achieve penetrative sex irrespective of the underlying causes.
Premature Ejaculation, often referred to as PE, is the most common sexual dysfunction in men below 60 years old. From a medical perspective, premature ejaculation means:
- Ejaculation almost always occurs before or within one minute after penile penetration
- Loss of control over ejaculation – inability to delay ejaculation before or after penetration
The modern treatment options now available help many of our patients to successfully increase their ejaculation times irrespective of the underlying causes.
Men suffering from Peyronie’s disease may notice following symptoms:
- Lump on the penis
- Severe to moderate penile curvature
- Penile pain
- Erection issues both in length and girth
- Onset of erectile dysfunction
Sudden loss of bladder control can lead to incontinence, where the person has no control over passing urine. This disorder can lead to physical activity limitation, inability to travel long distance when availability of toilets is unpredictable, psychological distractions and avoidance of intimate / sexual activity. Some of these situations can cause extreme stress which is seen to aggravate inability to control bladder even more.
Men of any age can experience occasional or sudden bladder control loss. Some of the reasons for this include excessive consumption of liquids or alcoholic beverages, medication and urology related disorder specifically damage to muscles or infection in the region.
Sporadic events can be ignored, however a repeat occurrence becoming more frequent definitively require attention of a medical specialist.
Research indicates 15 percent of couples are not able to conceive a child even though they’ve had frequent, unprotected sexual intercourse for a year or longer. It is noticed that in about 50% of these couples, male infertility may be a factor. In most of these cases we are able to help resolve underlying causes and improving men’s vitality to enable them conceive with their female partners.
It is often seen that an abnormal sperm test report has causes of underlying health issues which can be resolved with good medication and treatment protocols. In case sperm abnormality is identified, other assisted conception methods are provided for our patients that can help them to become parents.
When the veins become enlarged inside the scrotum (the skin pouch holding testicles), it is called varicocele. Normally it occurs on one side, but in rare occasions it can appear in both sides.
Most men with a varicocele show no symptoms, hence regular monitoring is useful. It is known to interfere with fertility in men. In many cases, they cause pain as well which can be very uncomfortable. It is recommended to consult a specialist who can help you with correct treatment plan. Our doctors in the Men’s Health OPD can help you with it.
Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome/ Chronic Prostatitis
The most common symptom of Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome is pain or discomfort in one or multiple urogenital regions including the:
- Perineum (the area between the anus and the scrotum)
- Suprapubic region (the area above the pubic hair)
- Penis (especially penile tip)
- Abdomen, rectum and lower back
Some patients also experience pain during urination and ejaculation. Often times men who have this disorder can have urine avoiding symptoms which can be very painful too such as weak stream while passing urine, need to strain or wanting to urinate, but urination not happening, higher urination frequency and incontinence in some cases.
All of these can be stressful events reducing quality of life. Sometimes prolonged symptoms and difficulties related to this disorder including sexual dysfunctions, can lead to severe anxiety, stress and depression.
It is important to seek immediate medical care to diagnose the reason for these issues and consult a specialist who can carefully plan the treatment to reduce the severity or if possible, resolve the issue for you. At Lotus Men’s health OPD you will be able to solicit the consultation you require in these cases.
Chronic Scrotal/Testicular Pain
Chronic scrotal or testicular pain is characterised by intermittent or constant unilateral or bilateral testicular pain. This pain could originate in the region due to any infection or injury or surgery or it could be a referred pain originating somewhere else. The latter is seen in case of kidney stones, spinal trauma or inflammation of the nerves. In most cases through physical and diagnostic tests are required to identify the source of ailment before treatment can be prescribed.
This condition occurs when the body does not produce sufficient testosterone. This can cause hormonal disbalance in men which may hamper their masculine growth and development as they go through puberty. It also leads to impaired sperm production which can impact their ability to have children. There are two basic types of hypogonadism. Primary hypogonadism (problem originating in the testicles) and Secondary hypogonadism (problem originating in the hypothalamus or the pituitary gland)
Both type of hypogonadism could trace back to either an inherited congenital trait or something that is acquired later in life such as an injury or an infection. They can also co-manifest itself.
Our trained specialists uncover the correct cause of disorder and provide treatment protocols accordingly. Testosterone replacement therapy has been found useful in many causes based on the reason for this dysfunction.
Lifestyle and Men’s Health
Lifestyle impacts our health conditions. This can include various habits that we have and in general our way of living such as sedentary lifestyle, excessive drinking, smoking, imbalanced diet, diet schedule disruption amongst several others. Altering these adverse manners of living can significantly improve Men’s Health and overall vitality. The damages done due improper lifestyle can also be reversed to a large extent by proper treatment protocols and consultation on lifestyle modifications that will be helpful.
Our approach to good health is accurate and timely diagnostics coupled by excellent medical guidance to resolve underlying health risks, thereby providing improved well-being for all. This helps us in significantly enhancing the quality of life.
All men visiting our clinic are consulted extensively on their lifestyle evaluation and modifications. We also offer a special health examination package that screen men for cardiovascular, metabolic syndrome and diabetes risk amongst other routine examinations.
The specialists in our OPD also offer following counselling services for the following:
- Dietary Control and exercise regimes
- Removing smoking dependencies
- Resolving Psychological issues
- Sexual disorders and dysfunction
- Primary care management of cardiovascular health, metabolic syndrome and diabetes