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Posts for: June, 2010

By contactus
June 25, 2010
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: sterilization  

Vasectomy and Potency-Facts or Fiction
May 25, 2010 by neilbaum

Does a vasectomy effect a male sex life? The straightforward answer to this question is a "No." A vasectomy does not reduce a man's sexual drive or his ability to have or enjoy sex. The procedure eliminates only the man's ability to father a child... he can still experience an erection and ejaculation as before.

This is an excellent topic for a candid discussion between husband and wife, and perhaps with the doctor of their choice. Some couples are concerned about a reduced libido or sex drive, but they may be shy about asking the question.

What they may come to discover is, once sterility is complete, they no longer need to worry about accidental pregnancy - and that lovemaking can be more spontaneous, more sensuous and more enjoyable than before.

A vasectomy does not effect the blood vessels or nerves that are part of having an erection or ejaculation. Nothing physiologically changes in that respect.
Two important cautions!

It's important to note that a man will not be sterile immediately following a vasectomy. Talk to your doctor, who will test your semen for sperm before you can have unprotected sex. It may take up to 20 ejaculations or more and several weeks before your reproductive system is free of active sperm.

Another caution is that a vasectomy is not a protection against sexually transmitted disease (STD). If you are at risk of transmitting or acquiring an STD, you and your partner will still need the protection of a condom or other means of protection.

So what's the difference?
Typically, the only significant difference after a vasectomy is that the sperm normally produced is missing from the semen. The glands that produce semen are not changed by a vasectomy. Sperm is such a tiny portion of the total ejaculation fluid (about 2 percent) that the change can't be noticed. Even the color and consistency of the ejaculate are not changed.

There's no effect on "masculinity," either. The man's body continues to produce hormones as before, and there is no change in any of the male characteristics such as beard or voice. Testosterone continues to be produced and released into the bloodstream. Testicles continue to manufacture sperm, but they don't leave the body. Unused sperm are simply absorbed by the body as normally occurs with or without a vasectomy.

In Summary:
- Talk candidly with your spouse and your doctor.
- A vasectomy will not decrease your sex drive.
- The procedure only eliminates your ability to father a child.
- Sterility is not immediate; your doctor will need to test you and advise.
- Vasectomy is no protection against sexually transmitted disease (STD).
- You can still have an erection and ejaculate.
- The body continues to produce hormones.
--Male characteristics (voice, beard) are not affected.

Bottom Line: Vasectomy divides the vas but has no impact on a man's potency it only creates infertility


Nutrition for Your Prostate Gland
May 26, 2010 by neilbaum


Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men causing nearly 250,000 new cases each year. It is the second most common cause of death in American men, killing nearly 40,000 men annually. However, with regular examination consisting of a digital rectal exam and a PSA blood test, prostate cancer can be detected early and treated.

There are other healthy life-style changes that can be easily done that may even help prevent prostate cancer.


1. Start taking vitamin D, E and selenium supplements. Although further research is needed to confirm their effectiveness, studies have demonstrated that all three, vitamin D, E and selenium, show promise with regard to prostate cancer prevention when taken regularly.

2. Eat more soybeans (or soybean products) and other legumes. Elevated levels of testosterone may increase your risk for developing prostate cancer. The phytoestrogens-nonsteroidal plant compounds that act like estrogen in the body and thus can help to regulate imbalanced hormone levels-contained in these foods may help to prevent prostate cancer; genistein, an isoflavone also found in soy foods, helps to normalize hormone levels and thus may reduce prostate cancer.

3. Drink green tea. Antioxidant compounds in green tea may help prevent prostate cancer; some have even been found to kill prostate cancer cells in test tubes, while others have blocked enzymes that promote prostate cancer.

4. Get plenty of fiber. Fiber can eliminate excess testosterone in the body; thus, a high-fiber diet can aid in the regulation of your body's hormone levels and may help reduce the risk for prostate cancer.

5. Reduce your intake of meat and saturated fats. Follow a low-fat diet: diets high in saturated fat animal fat in particular-and red met have been found to increase the risk for prostate cancer. Eating a low-tat diet also helps to prevent obesity, a condition that may also increase prostate cancer risk.

6. Eat more broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts and greens. A recent study found that men who ate cruciferous vegetables more than once a week were 40% less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than men who rarely ate them.

7. Eat cooked tomatoes. Lycopene, the carotenoid pigment that makes tomatoes bright red, possesses powerful antioxidant properties and has been linked in some studies to a decreased risk for prostate cancer.

8. Limit your dairy consumption. Diets high in dairy products and calcium may be associated with small increases in prostate cancer risk. Moderate your dairy consumption, and don't overdo calcium¬ supplements or foods fortified with extra calcium.

9. Get regular aerobic exercise. Regular aerobic exercise has been associated with reduced risk levels for prostate cancer: exercise also helps prevent obesity and other health-related complications that obesity causes.

10. See your physician for prostate cancer screenings regularly. While regular screenings can't reduce your risk for prostate cancer, changes in diet and exercise can. They help ensure early diagnosis so that prostate cancer can be treated as effectively as possible. My best advice is to get screened annually if you are over the age of 50, if you have a family member who has prostate cancer, or if you are an African-American man.

Bottom Line: Prostate cancer may have a relationship with diet. I cannot tell you for certain if you follow these instructions you will not develop prostate cancer. But as my wonderful Jewish mother would say, "It may not help, but it voidn't hoit!"


The French Have Done It Again- Dogs Can Use Their Noses to Sniff Out Prostate Cancer

June 10, 2010 by neilbaum
Dogs can be trained to detect prostate cancer by smelling urine samples and signaling the presence of certain volatile organic compounds produced by cancer cells, according to French researchers.

Jean-Nicolas Cornu, MD, of Tenon Hospital in Paris, and colleagues obtained fresh urine samples that had been frozen for preservation from 66 men referred to a urologist because they had an elevated PSA level or abnormal findings on digital rectal examination. Of the 66 men, 33 had prostate cancer and 33 did not, as determined by prostate biopsy.

The dogs used in the study were trained in three phases. In the first phase, which lasted five months, dogs were trained to recognize cancer urine. In the second phase, which lasted 11 months, dogs were trained to discriminate cancer urine from control urine. In the final phase, dogs were presented with five urine samples and prompted to select the one sample that was cancer urine.

Dogs correctly classified 63 of 66 samples. These results suggest that volitle organic compounds produced by cancer cells can be detected in urine samples.

So if you come to a French doctor's office and you find a dog in the exam room, don't be alarmed. The dog may just be one of the doctor's helpers used to diagnose your illness! For my office, I'm going to "go standard" and suggest for all men over the age of 50 that they have an annual PSA blood test and a digital rectal exam. It's the American way!

To your good health.

Dr. Baum



Prostate enlargement, a.k.a. benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), is acommon, non-cancerous condition affecting nearly 14 million men over the age of 50. The symptoms of prostate gland enlargement include a decrease in the force and caliber of the urinary stream, frequency of urination, urgency, a feeling of not emptying the bladder despite urination and nocturia, or the need to get up at night to urinate. Although lifestyle changes will not cure the problem, they can alleviate some of the symptoms. Making some lifestyle changes can often help you control the symptoms of an enlarged prostate and prevent your condition from worsening.

 

Try these measures:

Remember what goes in must come out. Therefore, don't drink anything several hours before you go to sleep. Especially avoid caffeinated beverages such as coffee (which also causes insomnia) and tea,as the caffeine acts as a diuretic and causes increased urine output that may result in getting up at night to empty your bladder.

Limit your alcohol consumption, especially at the dinner meal. Again, alcohol acts as a diuretic, causing increased production of urine and causing your bladder to fill up sooner than you would like.Avoid spicy foods. These appear to irritate the bladder and can result in urinary frequency and nighttime voiding.

Check your medications. Some medications like lasix and hydrochlorothiazide are diuretics and increase urine production. It's best to take those medications early in the day when going to the bathroom to urinate is not such an inconvenience. You may also speak with your doctor about lowering the dosage of the diuretic, especially the evening dose if you are bothered by nighttime urination.

Avoid antihistamines and decongestants, as these cause the bladder to decrease the force of contraction and result in the bladder not emptying as well. If you have to take antihistamines, use them earlier in the day.

Don't hold off going to the restroom. This habit distends the bladder and can result in a weaker muscle to expel the urine from the bladder.

Use the clock to help with urination. If you find that you are going to the bathroom infrequently and then more at night, make an effort to urinate every 3-4 hours. Putting your bladder on a schedule is very helpful and a good habit to have.

Go and then go again. Double voiding is a technique to ensure adequate emptying of the bladder. If you stand at the toilet and empty your bladder, walk away from the toilet for a minute or two and then return and try emptying the bladder again. This helps to expel more urine from your bladder than just standing there one time and voiding.

Avoid cold seats, such as those at football games in the winter. The cold temperature seems to cause the muscles around the prostate gland to contract and makes urination difficult. Instead, take a blanket or a cushion. Your prostate gland will be glad that you did.

If you bike ride, especially for long distances, stand on the pedals every 10 or 15 minutes to take the pressure off of your prostate gland. Also consider using a seat that has a groove down the middle which alleviates the pressure on your prostate gland.

Bottom Line: These steps won't cure the enlarged prostate but they will lessen the symptoms. If they don't help, see your doctor for medication or one of the treatments that reduces the obstruction of your prostate gland.


PSA Testsing-WWYDD or What Would Your Doctor Do?

June 13, 2010 by neilbaum

There is probably nothing that has become more controversial than the PSA screening for prostate cancer in men. There is one group that suggests annual screening for all men after age 50 and sooner after age 40 for African-American men and men with a relative, i.e., a father, a brother or an uncle with prostate cancer. Then another group that recommends no PSA testing be done as the testing does not significantly reduce death from prostate cancer and screening tends to over-diagnose prostate cancer and with over-diagnosis more men receive treatment including radiation and surgery that results in complications such as erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence. So what is a man to do?For this article I will not definitively answer the question but will shed light on the issue and then let you decide what you should do or what advice you should give the important men in your family.

What are the facts? Approximately 35,000 men die each year from prostate cancer, which is the second most common cause of cancer death in men. There are 250,000 newly diagnosed cases of prostate cancer diagnosed each year. The PSA test is the screening method of choice for dearly detection of prostate cancer. The determination of PSA values, when followed annually is the single most convenient, cost-effective and workable way of selecting men who need close monitoring, close follow up, or need to consider further treatment with radiation, surgery or hormone therapy.

What is PSA? PSA is a blood test that measures a protein manufactured in the prostate gland, which is secreted into the blood stream. We do know that PSA is age-dependent or increases naturally as men get older. In normal men less than 50 years of age the value should be less than 2.5ng\ml and in men over age 70 a normal PSA values is less than 6.5ng\ml.

The real value of the PSA test in early detection is based on establishing a baseline PSA value and performing the test once a year in order to observe changes from the baseline value. Increases of PSA of .75ng\ml in a year should be investigated. The take home message is that a trend is more important than a single measurement. An elevation of the PSA may not automatically represent prostate cancer. Elevated levels occur with advancing years, large prostates, prostate infections, a digital rectal prostate exam, and even sexual intimacy with ejaculatin 24-48 hours before the blood test.

For those who have an elevated PSA test, there is a more refined test called the free\total ration of PSA. The ratio of free\total PSA is less than 25% in men with prostate cancer and if the free\total is greater than 25% is much less likely to have prostate cancer and probably doesn't need a further workup such as a prostate biopsy.

So what to do? If you are at risk for prostate cancer with a relative who has prostate cancer or an African American man, I suggest a PSA and a digital rectal exam beginning at age 40. All others should consider a PSA test once a year. If the PSA increases more than 0.75ng\ml\year, then you should consider an evaluation by a urologist and a prostate biopsy if you have more than ten years of life expectancy and would be a candidate for treatment.

Bottom Line: So what would Dr Baum do? He gets a PSA every year and the last time it was 0.7ng\ml!