Men: Take Control of Your Sexual Health

Men: Take Control of Your Sexual Health

 Fellas, we know that you’re more than capable of taking care of yourself, but the sad truth is when it comes to your health you’re under-screened, doctor-phobic and more than occasionally out of the loop.

Women are 100% more likely than men to see a doctor about preventive care -- and that’s created a wellness gap. Your life expectancy is 76.4 years; it’s 81.2 for women. And if you’re 55 to 64, you’re far more likely to face the threat of heart disease, car wrecks and alcohol-related conditions.

But it doesn’t stop there. The wellness gap is especially noticeable when it comes to sexual health. Most women see a gyno regularly -- for pelvic exams, mammograms and more. Men usually don’t get a check-up for sexual issues until something comes up – or fails to. It doesn’t help that GPs often fail to talk to patients about sexual concerns, activities or orientation.

So guys, listen up! It’s time to start the conversation with your doc about your sexual health. Here are the issues to discuss:

  1. Safe-sex practices. The more you know, the safer you can keep you and your partner.
  2. Sexual problems. The health of your sex organs reflects blood flow to your heart, kidneys, brain and other organs.
  3. Drug, alcohol, and tobacco use. Using tobacco and drinking increase your risk for HPV-related throat cancer.
  4. Wrap it up by requesting screenings for sexually transmitted diseases. Now, aren’t you glad we had this chat?

Medically reviewed in July 2019.

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