A testicular ultrasound is a low-risk procedure that is used to diagnose a range of medical issues, such as testicular torsion, testicular cancer, and epididymitis. This article will look at the uses of testicular ultrasound, what to expect during the procedure, and how to prepare for a scan. An ultrasound is a medical procedure that uses sound waves to create a picture of the inside of the body. The images can help a doctor to diagnose an illness or injury. A testicular ultrasound, also called ultrasound imaging of the scrotum, looks specifically at the testicles. The testicles are part of the male reproductive system. Their primary purpose is to create sperm and hormones. Testicles are contained within a sac called the scrotum. The ultrasound procedure is safe, very low-risk, and non-invasive. The examination takes place entirely outside the body. A testicular ultrasound is used to investigate a range of problems with the scrotum, testicles, or epididymis. A doctor may recommend a … [Read more...] about What happens during a testicular ultrasound?
If you pop some pills to supercharge your workouts, bulking up might not be the only result: Using muscle-building supplements is linked to an increased risk of testicular cancer, researchers from the Yale School of Public Health found.In the study, men who reported ever using over-the-counter muscle-building supplements—including creatine, protein powders, and androstenedione—were 65 percent more likely to develop testicular cancer than those who never took them. Let’s give these numbers some perspective: Out of the 356 guys studied with testicular cancer, 19 percent of them reported using muscle-building supplements for at least once a week for four consecutive weeks. In the comparison group—which was made up of 513 cancer-free men—12 percent said they similarly used supplements. After crunching the data to take into account several factors that could raise the risk, the researchers came up with the statistically-significant increased risk of … [Read more...] about Can Your Muscle-Building Supplements Give You Testicular Cancer?
An ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of the body. It is suitable for use during pregnancy. Ultrasound scans, or sonography, are safe because they use sound waves or echoes to make an image, instead of radiation. Ultrasound scans are used to evaluate fetal development, and they can detect problems in the liver, heart, kidney, or abdomen. They may also assist in performing certain types of biopsy. The image produced is called a sonogram. The person who performs an ultrasound scan is called a sonographer, but the images are interpreted by radiologists, cardiologists, or other specialists. The sonographer usually holds a transducer, a hand-held device, like a wand, which is placed on the patient's skin. Ultrasound is sound that travels through soft tissue and fluids, but it bounces back, or echoes, off denser surfaces. This is how it creates an image. The term "ultrasound" refers to sound with a frequency that humans cannot hear. For … [Read more...] about Ultrasound scans: How do they work?
Male sex hormones and sperm are produced in the testicles - a pair of male sex glands, also known as gonads. Testicular cancer, or cancer of the testes, occurs in these organs. Testosterone controls the development of the reproductive organs, and other male physical characteristics. Although testicular cancer is uncommon compared with other cancers (0.7 percent of all cancers), it is the most common cancer in males aged between 15 and 35 in North America and Europe. 8,000 American males are diagnosed, and 390 die each year in the United States from this disease. The incidence of testicular cancer in Caucasian males in the U.S. has more than doubled over the last four decades, and has recently started to rise among African-American males. Experts are not sure why people of different ancestries have varying incidence rates. In most cases, the patient finds the cancer himself. Sometimes, it is discovered by doctors during a routine physical exam. Anyone who notices anything unusual … [Read more...] about Testicular cancer: Symptoms, causes, and treatments
An undescended testicle is a testicle that has not moved into the scrotum, the bag of skin that hangs behind the penis, before a baby is born. It is estimated that 3 percent to 4 percent of full-term boys and 21 percent of male infants born preterm are born with this feature. Usually, only one testicle is affected, but 10 percent of all cases, both testicles are affected. Undescended testicle (UDT) is also known as cryptorchidism. It is one of the most common endocrine problems affecting newborn males, and it is the most common genital condition that is identified at birth. It is more likely to affect boys who are born prematurely. Whether it affects one or both testicles, cryptorchidism generally corrects itself within a few months, but sometimes surgery is needed to relocate the testicle, or testis, into the scrotum. The scrotum is a small pouch, or sac, of skin that hangs behind the penis. Inside the scrotum is a pair of testicles, the oval-shaped sex organs that form … [Read more...] about What is Cryptorchidism, or Undescended Testicle?
The spermatic cord provides blood flow to the testicle. When a testicle rotates on this cord, it is referred to as testicular torsion; it causes the flow of blood to stop, causing sudden, often severe pain, and swelling. Prolonged testicular torsion and loss of blood flow can lead to the death of the testicle and surrounding tissues. Testicular torsion is serious but treatable. Each testicle is attached to the spermatic cord and the scrotum. Testicular torsion happens if the testicle rotates on the cord that runs upward from the testicle into the abdomen. The rotation twists the spermatic cord and reduces blood flow. If the testicle rotates several times, blood flow can be entirely blocked, causing damage more quickly. Males who experience testicular torsion may have an inherited trait that allows one or both testicles to rotate freely inside the scrotum. The testicle is only attached to the spermatic cord, and not to the scrotum. This is called a "bell clapper scrotum," … [Read more...] about Testicular torsion: Causes, symptoms, and treatment
This week is Men’s Health Week so let’s take a look at some serious conditions that affect men’s health. Testicular cancer is a disorder I chose to write about because, in my opinion, this potentially serious condition is not gaining enough awareness among men. Although prostate cancer has received a great deal of media attention and government support as a health promotion issue, testicular cancer has lagged behind. Testicular cancer occurs in younger men but no age is immune to this type of cancer. The risk of developing this disease increases if you have a first-degree relative who has or had testicular cancer, if you are Caucasian, have a history of an undescended testicle, or if you eat a diet high in nitrates. The best way to evaluate your current risk is to regularly self-examine your testicles. Self-examination is especially important if you have a positive family history of the disease. This can be accomplished the next time you have a shower or a bath by … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know About This Men’s Cancer
Is it hard to get the men in your life to go to the doctor? Studies have shown that men access health services far less than women do, to the detriment of their health. Men and women alike are enjoying longer lives than in years past. For every stage of the male lifespan, there are concrete strategies that men can implement to help make their extended lifetimes that much healthier and more enjoyable. Encourage the males in your life to read this article—the information it contains may prolong their lives. Toddlers to teens In the early years before puberty, helping boys to establish appropriate patterns of eating, self-care, and exercise will provide them with a solid foundation for a lifetime of good health. Diet alertThe typical Canadian diet with its abundance of saturated fats, refined foods, and absence of vegetables has been linked to countless chronic illnesses. Action plan: Skip the drive-through, and expose your boys to diverse whole foods, while involving … [Read more...] about Boys to Men
Slowly, but surely, men are becoming more motivated to get the facts on health care and reduce their future health risks. It’s about time; according to the National Population Health Survey, men are far less likely than women to consider overall health, weight, and disease prevention. It comes as no surprise that men also tend to visit their doctors far less often than women and that men are less involved in natural health care and preventive approaches. Many women feel they have to nag their male mates to get yearly checkups. Even so, I’m pleased that this tide is slowly turning. When considering a man’s future health, prevention of cancer should be top of mind. In terms of cancer awareness, there are three major arenas to focus on: detection, awareness, and lifestyle approaches. From dietary choices and supplements to lifestyle changes and exercise, there are several natural approaches that can be implemented to greatly reduce the risk of cancer and beat the … [Read more...] about Defending Against Men’s Cancer
Reproduction and childbirth are important decisions for many couples, and having a baby can be a wonderful and fulfilling experience. But when conception and pregnancy don’t come easily, feelings of anxiety, distress, and frustration often arise. It is estimated that up to half of all cases of infertility are due to factors related to the male partner. Here are some possible causes and solutions. Infertility is widespread Globally, as many as 14 percent of couples are infertile, which is defined as the inability of a sexually active couple to get pregnant after one year of regular, unprotected intercourse. While social factors (such as the increasing age at which people marry) are at play, environmental factors, such as pollution and environmental toxins are other influences behind the prevalence of couples facing infertility today. Thankfully, there are simple things men can do to help boost their fertility. Diagnosis When infertility is in question, how is it … [Read more...] about What About His Fertility?