Posted by: In: Uncategorized 29 Jun 2016 0 comments

And why it’s always best to err on the side of caution Though it has gotten better, it remains true that men are usually more reluctant to visit the doctor than are women. This phenomenon is true for a number of reasons, but ranking highest on the list is often the ‘Macho Male’ principle. Frankly put, men strive to appear strong, tough, and fearless, as male culture has impressed upon them. In order to protect this persona, many men are brushing aside symptoms that may otherwise be detrimental to their health. But this “grin and bear it” attitude could be putting a man’s health at risk. A new study revealed that this Macho Man mentality keeping men out of the doctor’s office could be a reason why men are dying up to 5 years earlier than women. Here are a handful of common men’s health symptoms, what they could mean and why they deserve attention: Erectile Dysfunction: Also known as ED – though an annoyance and damper on a healthy sex life, this condition could be a sign of a more serious problem inside the body. In fact, ED can be an early warning sign of heart disease – when […]

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Posted by: In: Uncategorized 05 Nov 2015 0 comments
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The last half of 2014 and the first half of 2015 was a rough time for my family. My 95-year-old father became critically ill in the summer of 2014 and had a roller coaster ride in and out of the ICU and hospital and then rehab centers until he finally passed away in March. Much of my free time was spent at his bedside racked with worry. That coupled with a one-year-old child at home left no time to exercise and the emotional ups and downs and lack of time led to poor eating habits. I had put on 15-20 pounds and was terribly out of shape. I was tired at the end of the day, had diminished drive and just felt like a big slug. I looked in the mirror and saw an aging man in the reflection. We scheduled a family vacation in mid-August and I decided I would use that as motivation to get back into shape. Only several years ago I was practicing Karate 3-4 times per week and riding my bike down to the beach several times a week. I decided to get some help getting back into younger form so I called upon two […]

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Posted by: In: Uncategorized 05 May 2014 0 comments
Dr. Philip Werthman

From Oxygen.com: In my 20-plus year medical career, if I had to choose the most common misconception I’ve heard from patients and yes, even some highly respected members of the medical community, it’s that fertility – or problems with it, rather, is solely a “woman’s issue.” From inconsistent menstrual cycles to advanced reproductive age, women have historically borne (no pun intended) the brunt of the burden and sadly the shame, when they and their male partners are unable to conceive. But all of that is changing and the man’s significant contribution to the conception equation is finally getting the attention it deserves. In nearly half of all cases where a couple has had trouble conceiving, a male-factor fertility problem is the cause. Does that surprise you? When I deliver this information to most audiences, they’re shocked. But it’s true. Sperm are half the fertility equation, right? So how they “perform” in terms of getting to the woman’s egg and then fertilizing it is extremely important. Scientific studies have now shown that sperm are highly susceptible to damage that reduces their effectiveness. Too much time in a hot tub and smoking, among other lifestyle factors, can seriously harm sperm quality and […]

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Posted by: In: Uncategorized 11 Feb 2014 0 comments
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There’s more attention, conversation and research being conducted in the realm of male infertility today than ever before. The medical community is finally waking up to the notion that we “seasoned” male fertility specialists have been trying to convey for too many years – fertility isn’t a one-way street or a solely female problem. Now that it is widely accepted that up to half of all fertility problems faced by couples today are a result of a male factor issue, the gates have been opened for discussion, research and yes – hope for a “cure,” especially for men who do not produce any sperm. While it is great to dream, and hopefully the dream of eradicating the most severe cases of male infertility comes true, we are far away from this becoming a reality in 2014 or the foreseeable future thereafter. Unfortunately when we imagine the scenario of a cure for men who can’t produce sperm, we must also consider other possible outcomes that can arise from that scenario. For example, one experimental strategy being discussed is artificially-created sperm for men who are either azoospermic or have other chromosomal issues with their sperm that cause it to be incompatible with […]

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Posted by: In: Uncategorized 14 Jan 2014 0 comments

I recently read a business article which discussed the benefits of keeping teams of people together to produce better business success. In it were illustrated examples from professional basketball teams to high-volume orthopedic surgeons and their loyal staff. All were studied over time and the conclusion drawn was that teams of people who have worked together for significant periods, produce better results and successes in their particular categories of work. The article got me thinking about my own practice and how fortunate and dedicated I have been over the years in keeping my fantastic team together. From the operating room where I perform vasectomies and vasectomy reversals to my clinic office environment where I consult with and examine patients, I have among the most loyal team members in the male fertility industry. In fact, some of them have been with my practice for more than 20 years. That comfort, familiarity and experience shines through in the level of service we provide our patients and in many ways, my overall success rates too. I’ve successfully performed thousands of vasectomy and vasectomy reversal procedures on patients all over the world. I’ve developed innovative and widely-used procedures for the treatment of male infertility […]

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