Our highly-skilled team of board certified Urologist specialize in a wide-range of male-specific health concerns. The Men's Health Clinic offers consultations and treatment for conditions including erectile dysfunction, low testosterone, premature ejaculation, prostate health and cancer screenings, as well as procedures including vasectomy care.
Our team is committed to partnering with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that is customized to meet your individual needs. Appointments for the Men's Health Clinic can be made at any of our Urology locations throughout the Chicagoland suburbs, Monday through Friday.
For your convenience, appointments are also available on Saturdays at our Lisle Medical Office Building at 430 Warrenville Road.
Saturday appointments are available on the first and third Saturday of each month in 2019 at our Lisle clinic from 8:00am - 12:00pm.
|*Saturday appointments can be scheduled by calling 630-790-1221.|
Men’s Health Clinic appointments can be made by calling 630-790-1221 or schedule a weekday Men's Health Clinic appointment with our urology department online.
We want to ensure you have all the facts on some of the most common men's health concerns, including:
A vasectomy is a surgical procedure that is utilized as an effective form of long-term contraception. Our urologists are committed to providing patients who may be considering a vasectomy, or a vasectomy reversal, with the information, resources and support needed to make this very personal decision. You will meet with a board-certified urologist who specializes in men's health who will help you review all available treatment options and help you to make an informed decision whether a vasectomy, or vasectomy reversal, is right for you.
|A vasectomy may be a good choice for men that:||A vasectomy may NOT be a good choice for men that:|
|Are in a relationship and both partners agree that have all the children they want and they do not want to use, or can't use, other forms of birth control.||Are in a relationship and one partner is unsure about their desire to have children in the future.|
|Are in a relationship and their partner has health problems that would make pregnancy unsafe for her.||Are in a relationship that is considered unstable, difficult or going through a stressful phase, or are thinking about having the procedure just to please their partner.|
|Are in a relationship and one or both partners have genetic disorders they don't want to risk passing on to their children.||Are counting on fathering children later by storig their sperm or reversing their vasectomy.|
|Are young and still have many life changes ahead.|
|Are single when they want to have a vasectomy. This includes men who are divorced, widowed or seperated.|
|Do not want, or have a partner who does not want, to have to use other forms of birth control during sexual activity.|
Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when a man is unable to get or keep an erection firm enough to engage in sexual intercourse. If you experience difficulty achieving an erection occassionally, get an erection but are unable to maintain it during sex or are unable to get an erection at all, you may have ED.
ED is the most common sexual problem in men, affecting approximately 30 percent of men between the ages of 40 and 70, and is most common in men over the age of 50. In addition to the sexual side effects, chronic episodes of ED may indicate other underlying health problems including:
- Heart-related conditions like high blood pressure, clogged arteries, heart and/or blood vessel disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Certain treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
- Injury to the penis, spinal cord, prostate, bladder, or pelvis
- Peyronie’s disease
If you are experiencing symptoms and believe you may have ED, consult with a physician to determine the cause of your ED and discuss which. treatment options are right for you. To learn more about the link between ED and heart disease, click the link below:
Oral medications (including Cialis®, Viagra®, Levitra® & Staxyn®) are often an effective way to treat ED and may be prescribed as long as you don't have any health restrictions that would make these medications considered unsafe to use.
Other procedure-based treatment options are available including vacuum erection devices (VED), corpus cavernosum injections, urethral suppositories or prosthesis. Your urologist will review all treatment options with you and help you select the care plan that takes into consideration your overall health and best fits your individual needs.
Premature ejaculation (PE) is when a man has an orgasm sooner during intercourse than he or his partner wishes. PE is common – affecting about one in five men ages 18 to 59 and may be due to both physical and psychological factors including:
- Low serotonin levels
- Temporary depression or periods of stress
- Unrealistic expectations about performance
- Lack of confidence
Treatment options may include oral medications and/or behavioral therapy to help build your tolerance to stimulation and delay ejaculation.
Testosterone is an important male sex hormone and low levels can impact your sex drive, physical features and mood. Testosterone levels decrease naturally as you age, typically declining about 1 percent each year after the age of 30. Symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Diminished interest in sex
- Erectile dysfunction
- Reduced lean body mass
- Depressed mood
- Lack of energy
Treatment options may include injections and/or topical patches or gels. Your urologist will monitor your testosterone levels and help you select the treatment plan that is right for you. Click here for ways to boost your testosterone naturally.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition in men as they age that causes your prostate gland to become enlarged.Nearly 50 percent of men will develop BPH by the time they reach the age of 60. As your prostate gland becomes larger, it can put pressure on your urinary tract and impair the flow of urine from your bladder and may cause a variety of uncomfortable urinary symptoms. Symptoms vary from person to person and don't necessarily depend on the size of your prostate gland. Common symptoms include:
- Increased frequency and/or urge to urinate
- Changes with your urine flow including difficulty starting, a weakened stream and/or dribbling
- Difficulty emptying your bladder completely
Less commonly, you may experience blood in your urine or develop urinary tract infections. If left untreated, BPH symptoms can worsen and have a significant impact on your daily life.
If you develop BPH, there are many treatment options available to manage your symptoms and maintain your prostate and bladder health. In addition to leading a healthy lifestyle, medications may be prescribed to help relax your prostate and bladder muscles, improve your urine flow and target the hormones causing your prostate to grow. Minimally invasive surgical options are also available including laser and UroLift procedures.
If you are experiencing urinary problems that may be due to an enlarged prostate gland, your urologist can help you select the treatment plan that is right for you.
Completing a symptom scorer can help determine the severity of your BPH symptoms and their impact on your daily life.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, affecting nearly one in every seven men in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Staying up-to-date on preventive screenings is the most effective way to prevent prostate cancer and detect cancers earlier, when they are most treatable.
Sharing your personal and family health history with your primary care physician can help determine your risk of developing prostate cancer. You may be at an increased risk if one or more of the following apply to you:
- Age: Your risk increases as you age, especially after the age of 50
- Race/ethnicity: African American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer
- Family history: Having family members with prostate cancer or certain other cancers may increase your risk
- Obesity: Being overweight or obese, a poor diet and an inactive lifestyle increase your risk
The American Cancer Society recommends that men considered to be at an average risk begin screening for prostate cancer at the age of 50. If you are at a higher risk, your primary care physician can refer you to a urologist to begin screening earlier, often between the ages of 40-45.
There are several screening tests available, including blood tests like prostate specific antigen (PSA), 4KScore, multi-parametric MRI of the prostate and digital rectal exams (DRE). Your urologist will help you establish a screening schedule and select the type of screening that is right for you.
If prostate cancer runs in your family. additional genetic testing may also be recommended. Genetic testing can detect the presence of a specific hereditary abnormality and helps to determine your risk of developing prostate cancer in the future.
If prostate cancer is detected, there are several treatment options available to you. Your urologist and the rest of your care team will help you determine which option is best for you based on your overall health and the stage of your cancer. Our urologic oncologists are fellowship trained, making them experts in their field and well-versed in several advanced surgical options. Treatment options for prostate cancer may include one or more of the following:
- Active surveillance
- Androgen depravation and radiation therapy
- Radiation therapy
- Surgery, including minimally invasive, robot-assisted procedures
Multi-Specialty Cancer Appointments
In an effort to provide more coordinated, patient-centered care, our medical oncology, radiation oncology and urology providers offer multi-specialty appointments for patients diagnosed with cancer, including those of the prostate, who are candidates for radiation therapy and/or surgical treatments. During this appointment, you will meet with multiple members of our Integrated Oncology Program, including a medical or radiation oncologist, urologist and a nurse navigator, all within a single visit.
This team-based approach allows providers from multiple specialties to collaborate with one another and review all available treatment options with you to develop a care plan tailored to your needs and specific cancer case. You will receive real-time input from multiple oncology experts and have all of your questions addressed so that you can feel as prepared and well-informed about your treatment plan as possible.
For those with prostate cancer, multi-specialty appointments with a radiation oncologist and urologist are offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays at our Lisle Medical Office building located at 430 Warrenville Road.
For individuals who have been diagnosed with an advanced genitourinary cancer, including those of the bladder or kidneys, who are considering chemotherapy or other medical oncology treatment options, multi-specialty appointments are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at our Hinsdale and Lisle Medical Office buildings located at:
Hinsdale 40 S. Clay Street, West Building, Suite 200
Lisle 430 Warrenville Road, Suite 300
To learn more about multi-specialty appointments, or to find out if you are a candidate for this service, please contact our Urology department at 630-790-1221.
Peyronie’s disease is an inflammatory condition that causes painful, hard plaques to form underneath the skin in your penis, causing a curvature and/or painful erections. Peyronie’s disease develops in approximately 1-23 percent of men between the ages of 40 and 70 and may be caused by mild trauma to the penis, genetics, tobacco use or health conditions like diabetes. Common symptoms include:
- Penile curvature
- Lumps in the penis
- Painful erections
- Soft erections
Treatment for Peyronie’s disease often include injection therapy (Xiaflex®. Xiaflex®). Your urologist will review all available treatment options with you and select a care plan that's right for you.