A men's wellness exam is an overall health screening, which all men should have done on a regular basis. During this test, the nurse practitioner will look for medical issues, evaluate the risk for medical issues in the future, give the patient counseling on how to live a healthy lifestyle, administer any necessary vaccinations, and perform a prostate exam in many cases.
During a prostate exam, the nurse practitioner will check the health of the prostate gland. The health care provider will have the patient stand with feet apart, leaning forward for the exam. The nurse practitioner will let the patient know what is going to happen in each step of the exam, which helps patients relax. During the prostate exam, the patient will feel a small amount of pressure, but the external sphincter will usually relax within a few seconds. The nurse practitioner is able to examine the prostate in just a few moments.
As a man ages, the amount of testosterone in the body starts to decline. This loss of testosterone can result in some difficult side effects, including reduced libido and lack of energy. Testosterone replacement therapy is a medically approved way to get the necessary testosterone back into the body. This therapy can come in the form of oral medication, injections, or patches among other options.
In Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, the prostate gland is enlarged. This can cause symptoms like increased need to urinate. Treatment options include lifestyle changes like limiting fluid intake before bed.
Erectile dysfunction can be treated with highly effective medications or lifestyle changes today. As the cause of ED is different for each man, the nurse practitioner will discuss symptoms and solutions with each man individually.