Men's Health Screening
Men’s health screenings are important areas of physical well-being, which are too often overlooked. Just as women have complex health needs, men have special needs as well! So what exactly is men’s health? It is a combination of routine exams, preventative measures and patient education that aim to reduce male-specific conditions. This may sound confusing, but let’s take Testicular Cancer for example: we encourage men to perform routine testicular self-exams, be educated on the symptoms of this disease and lead a healthy lifestyle to prevent it.
Testicular Exams: A Hands On Approach
Though it can be uncomfortable to “feel yourself up,” who knows your body better than you? Testicular Exams are very important and though it is good to have a doctor examine you, it is recommended by many that you check out yourself monthly. Doing this allows you to catch things before they become serious. Here is how:
What happens if I find something?
Make sure to see a professional immediately if you find something unusual or painful. Your health is literally in your hands!
So What Do I Get Tested For?
Not every infection affects women and men the same. Similarly, men and women are sometimes tested for different things. What do men need to know about testing when it comes to sexual health? Here’s the breakdown guys:
Wrapping It Up
When it comes to men’s sexual health, the most important thing to remember is to wear condoms! This method provides the most protection from both STIs and pregnancy. If you are looking for free condoms, first check the Student Health Center. Other resources such as Planned Parenthood or Women’s Health Specialists give out free condoms.
Gardasil For Men?
Yes. Gardasil, the vaccination that prevents cervical cancer, is now recommended by some for men younger than 25. Though men are not directly affected by cervical cancer, men are carriers of the Human Papillomavirus or HPV that causes this dangerous cancer among women. By getting vaccinated, men are protecting themselves against the strains of HPV that disproportionately cause the most cases of genital warts, while doing their part to stop the spread of the strains which cause cancer.
Do your part. Get vaccinated!