Erectile Dysfunction: Why Men Shouldn’t Ignore It

Have you ever ignored a health problem, hoping it would go away? Here are a few reasons you shouldn’t do that with Erectile Dysfunction.

What Is Erectile Dysfunction?

ED is when it is difficult to get or maintain an erection that is firm enough for sex. During sexual arousal, nerves release chemicals that increase blood flow in the penis. Blood flows into two spongey muscle tissue chambers in the penis. The spongey tissue relaxes in order to trap the blood. The blood pressure is what makes the penis erect enough for sex.

When a man has an orgasm, a second set of nerve signals reach the penis and cause the muscular tissues in the penis to contract and blood is released back into a man’s circulation and the erection comes down. When you are not sexually aroused, the penis is soft and limp. Men may notice that the size of the penis varies with warmth, cold, or worry; this is normal and reflects the balance of blood coming into and leaving the penis.

Erectile dysfunction is basically when blood pressure is not high enough in the penis. There are several potential causes for this. It could be indicating a larger health issue, or it may be a simple fix. If you are struggling to get or maintain an erection, you should take the ED self-test. This self-test can help you identify your erectile dysfunction has been affecting your quality of life.

What Your Erectile Dysfunction May Be Telling You

Erectile dysfunction happens when one of these three things are going on:

  • Blood flow in the penis is restricted, or nerves are harmed
  • Stress or emotional reasons
  • As an early sign of a more serious disease, like atherosclerosis, heart disease, high blood pressure or high blood sugar from Diabetes

If your erectile dysfunction is an indication of a more serious health condition, you should be seeing a physician. It is best to visit with a physician first to eliminate those options. Jumping directly to treatment or medication for erectile dysfunction when it is indicating the early stages of heart disease can be dangerous to your health. Overall, good heart health leads to good sexual health.

However, your erectile dysfunction may be an indicator of poor mental health. This is also something you can discuss with your physician. They may refer you to a counselor or psychiatrist if the two of you conclude that that is a probable cause. Taking good care of your physical health can support good mental health, but sometimes a mental health professional’s help is necessary. Stress is a common cause of erectile dysfunction. If there is stress in the relationship or at work that can cause erectile dysfunction.

If your erectile dysfunction is not indicating that there is something wrong with the rest of the body, it may be indicating nerve damage in the penis itself. If that is the case, focused shockwave therapy is one of the best ways to treat erectile dysfunction. It is non-invasive, pain-free, and has shown to have long-term positive effects. 

Focused shockwave therapy improves blood flow throughout the entire penis to restore natural erectile function. It removes micro-plaques within the blood vessel walls. Shockwave therapy creates new blood vessels to erectile tissues and breaks down scar tissue within the penis and erectile tissue. All of these things improve blood flow in the penis, reducing or eliminating erectile dysfunction.

What a Physician Will Do

If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction, your first consultation should be with a primary care doctor. A primary care doctor will run a number of tests to determine the cause of the erectile dysfunction and find any underlying health concerns. They will use the following means to investigate the source.

  • Physical exam. This might include careful examination of your penis and testicles and checking your nerves for sensation.
  • Blood tests. A sample of your blood might be sent to a lab to check for signs of heart disease, diabetes, low testosterone levels, and other health conditions.
  • Urine tests (urinalysis). Like blood tests, urine tests are used to look for signs of diabetes and other underlying health conditions.
  • Ultrasound. This test is usually performed by a specialist in an office. It involves using a wand-like device (transducer) held over the blood vessels that supply the penis. It creates a video image to let your doctor see if you have blood flow problems. This test is sometimes done in combination with an injection of medications into the penis to stimulate blood flow and produce an erection.
  • Psychological exam. Your doctor might ask questions to screen for depression and other possible psychological causes of erectile dysfunction.

Your steps forward will be determined by what the doctor determines the cause of your erectile dysfunction to be. It may even be a combination of factors that will need to be addressed individually.

Negative Effects of Erectile Dysfunction

Because erectile dysfunction can be an indication of a problem in the cardiovascular system, those with erectile dysfunction are at higher risk of heart attack, stroke, or circulatory problems in the legs.

Erectile dysfunction can also directly cause depression, low self-esteem, and distress in sexual relationships. Erectile dysfunction can also make it so that you cannot get your partner pregnant or have anxiety. If erectile dysfunction is directly impacting your quality of life, it should be treated.

Risk Factors for Erectile Dysfunction

Some lifestyles and health conditions put you at greater risk for erectile dysfunction. If you have or do one or more of the following, you can be affecting your sexual health. Taking care of your overall physical health positively impacts your ability to have and keep an erection.

  • Being over age 50 
  • Having high blood sugar (Diabetes)
  • Having high blood pressure 
  • Having cardiovascular disease
  • Having high cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Using drugs or drinking too much alcohol
  • Being obese
  • Lacking exercise

As you age, erectile dysfunction becomes more common. However, it is possible to stay sexually active into your 80s. If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction, it is best to address it rather than ignore it because you are aging. It may be an indicator of a serious health problem.

ED may also come as a side effect from certain medications. Make sure that you discuss the possible side effects of any medications you are using with your primary care doctor. If the medications are causing you erectile dysfunction, you may want to change to a different drug. Primary care doctors can offer you different options for whatever health problem you are treating. Most drugs have alternatives that may work better for you. However, that is not always an option.

You may experience erectile dysfunction if there is conflict in your relationship. Emotional stress can directly impact your ability to have sex. If you are experiencing relationship stress, you may want to attend couples counseling. Working through relationship conflict can reduce stress and increase sexual pleasure. Talk to your partner and your doctor about attending couples counseling if you believe that this may be a cause of your erectile dysfunction. Some couples counselors are specialized in sexual issues and can help you and your partner to have more pleasurable sex in general.

Lifestyle Changes That Can Help

Taking care of your health, in general, affects your sexual health. Overall, what is healthy for the heart is healthy for sex. Regular exercise, even as simple as walking, can improve sexual health and reduce erectile dysfunction. Quit smoking. If you are having trouble quitting, confer with your doctor for help.

If you are overweight, it can cause—or worsen—erectile dysfunction. Work with your doctor to lose extra weight. Get treatment for alcohol or drug problems. Drinking too much or taking certain illegal drugs can worsen erectile dysfunction directly or by causing long-term health problems.

Taking good care of yourself can give you more energy and confidence for sex, also. The effects can be psychological as well as physical. Make a few small lifestyle changes and see if they can help you have a better experience during sex. Communicate with your partner for support.

How Genesys Men’s Health Can Help

Genesys Men’s Health offers the most comprehensive treatment for erectile dysfunction. We use focused shockwave therapy and testosterone therapy among other proven treatments to address erectile dysfunction. We take cases that other people have given up on. Our treatment is comprehensive and effective.

90% of our patients see success and the majority of those treated continue to see success a year after treatment. Our treatments are not just short-term fixes but help the penis heal itself so that the results last. We offer topical or injection-based testosterone therapy depending upon your preference.

If you are in Sandy, Utah, come visit our office in Murray. We offer free consultations to see if we can help you improve your quality of life. Contact us to schedule your first visit. Or call us at (801)-671-7456.

Here’s Why We Need to Focus on Men’s Mental Health

Mental, emotional, and physical health are intertwined. Here’s why men’s mental health is important and how you can care for it. 

Why Is It So Important?

Nearly 1 in 10 men report experiencing anxiety or depression. However, due to societal pressures, many men do not report their experiences with mental health struggles. Also, less than half of those who report experiencing anxiety or depression seek treatment. This has led to men dying by suicide 3.5x more than women. 

Beyond the most common mental illnesses of anxiety and depression, there are several other mental illnesses to be aware of. 1.8% of men experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. PTSD is your body trying to protect itself after experiencing an intensely traumatic experience. Treatment can be very effective at reducing or even eliminating symptoms over time. 

11-20% of veterans experience PTSD during their lifetime as a result of their service. This can be due to combat or sexual assault while serving. It is estimated that 30% of Vietnam War veterans have experienced symptoms of PTSD during their lifetime.

On average, about .34% of men experience schizophrenia. This highly misunderstood mental illness is similarly common in men and women. However, men usually show symptoms earlier than women. Men start showing symptoms in their late teens to early twenties. It is rare to start showing symptoms before 12 or after 40 as it seems to be linked to puberty and other hormonal changes. While it is a rare illness, it can be extremely debilitating. Early treatment can help keep symptoms manageable.

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (commonly known as ADHD) is 3x as common in males than females. 13% of male adolescents and 5.4% of male adults have a current diagnosis for ADHD. Many other people are most likely undiagnosed. Having untreated ADHD can affect your relationships, your ability to hold down a job, your ability to finish education, lead to low self-esteem, depression, or anxiety, drug or alcohol misuse, and a higher risk of dying young. This is especially true if ADHD is not diagnosed in childhood and has been mismanaged into adulthood.

Several other mental illnesses affect men and need proper management. Eating disorders, dissociative disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and others can all manifest in several ways. Taking care of yourself and consulting with a professional can help keep mental health in check. It can be helpful to check in with a men’s mental health professional once a year or so, just like you would with a physician. 

What to Look for

As you reflect on your own mental and emotional health, you should be aware of what to look for. Also, you can keep an eye on the people around them. Sometimes people show warning signs outwardly of being in a mental health crisis, while others hide it more carefully. However, it is important to know what are the most common indicators.

The National Institute of Mental Health lists the following as common indicators of poor mental health:

  • Anger, irritability, or aggressiveness
  • Noticeable changes in mood, energy level, or appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Difficulty concentrating, feeling restless, or on edge
  • Increased worry or feeling stressed
  • Misuse of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Feeling flat or having trouble feeling positive emotions
  • Engaging in high-risk activities
  • Aches, headaches, digestive problems without a clear cause
  • Obsessive thinking or compulsive behavior
  • Thoughts or behaviors that interfere with work, family, or social life
  • Unusual thinking or behaviors that concern other people

If you are experiencing any of the above or witness someone around you showing any of these symptoms, it is time to get some help. Mental health should be taken care of just like physical health. If you are not sure where to get help, the NIMH gives a few tips for where to start at https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/find-help. Take some time to check in with yourself regularly to make sure that you are staying on top of your mental health. There is no shame in asking for help.

Many people may not immediately notice these changes in behavior in themselves. So it is best to check in with the people around you. Men are especially less likely to seek support for their mental health. Check in with your friends, brothers, and other men around you, especially. Ask questions if you are concerned about a change in their behavior. Being a good friend can save someone’s life.

The resources linked to above are helpful if you or someone you know is struggling with poor mental health. However, if you or someone you know is in a crisis, get help immediately. You can call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

How Testosterone Levels Can Impact Men’s Mental Health

Did you know that if your testosterone levels are out of the normal range that it can have significant impacts on your mental health? All hormones are related, so having testosterone too high or too low can affect your brain chemistry in negative ways.

Having too high testosterone levels is quite rare. Most people who have unhealthily high testosterone levels are taking steroids or other hormonal supplements. However, here are the negative effects of having unhealthily high testosterone levels:

According to Harvard Health Publishing, problems associated with abnormally high testosterone levels in men include:

  • Low sperm counts, shrinking of the testicles, and impotence (seems odd, doesn’t it?)
  • Heart muscle damage and increased risk of heart attack
  • Prostate enlargement with difficulty urinating
  • Liver disease
  • Acne
  • Fluid retention with swelling of the legs and feet
  • Weight gain, perhaps related in part to increased appetite
  • High blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Increased risk of blood clots
  • Stunted growth in adolescents
  • Uncharacteristically aggressive behavior (although not well studied or proven)
  • Mood swings, euphoria, irritability, impaired judgment, delusions

On the other hand, there are negative effects from having too little testosterone, also. Testosterone levels naturally steadily decrease as men age. Younger men can also have low testosterone levels due to injury, disease, or several other factors that are still being researched. Common symptoms of low testosterone levels are:

  • Reduced body and facial hair
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Low libido, impotence, small testicles, reduced sperm count, and infertility
  • Increased breast size
  • Hot flashes
  • Irritability, poor concentration, and depression
  • Loss of body hair
  • Brittle bones and an increased risk of fracture

In summary, testosterone levels that are too high or too low can affect you physically and mentally. If testosterone levels that are off are affecting your mental health, treatment can have a dramatic effect on your emotional well-being.

Common Treatment

Mental health is affected by a wide variety of factors. Much of mental health is genetic, but it is almost always manageable. Psychologists and counselors can work with you to prepare an effective treatment plan. You may need to make adjustments as you see what works for you over time. Taking care of your body and your mind are very similar. Small lifestyle changes can have a major impact. Consistency is key.

Start with changing your diet. While there are mixed results about the impact of specific foods on mental health and specific mental illnesses, there are consistent links between a poor diet making mood disorders worse. Research seems to indicate that eating a Mediterranean diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, complex grains, and low in processed sugars and grains can improve symptoms of depression. Eating a balanced diet can improve your overall physical health and energy levels, which in turn impacts your mental health.

Research also shows that exercise has a positive effect on your mental health. 30 minutes of cardio consistently can make all of the difference. It is not about muscle building, but about being active. Also, it does not matter whether the 30 minutes are all at once or split throughout the day. Taking three 10-minute walks per day can have dramatic health impacts. 

Health benefits of regular exercise can include:

  • Improved sleep
  • Increased interest in sex
  • Better endurance
  • Stress relief
  • Improvement in mood
  • Increased energy and stamina
  • Reduced tiredness that can increase mental alertness
  • Weight reduction
  • Reduced cholesterol and improved cardiovascular fitness

While lifestyle changes can certainly support good mental health, often more direct treatment is needed. Therapy is an important tool for supporting mental health. Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, has been shown to improve how the brain functions. However, for psychotherapy to be effective, the client needs to follow through on treatments. This may require homework between sessions and collaboration with the therapist to achieve goals.

Psychotherapy can improve symptoms and quality of life. Psychotherapy may be used in combination with medications. Medications can be very helpful to address chemical imbalances in the brain and should be taken only under strict psychiatrist supervision. For many people, a combination of psychotherapy and medication can dramatically improve people’s mental health.

There are several different styles of therapy. Psychotherapists may specialize in a particular type, or they may try a variety of options to fit the needs of a client. Psychiatry.org lists potential therapeutic interventions as the following:

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) helps people identify and change thinking and behavior patterns that are harmful or ineffective, replacing them with more accurate thoughts and functional behaviors. CBT involves practicing behaviors and thought patterns so that they come more easily in real-world situations.

Interpersonal therapy (IPT) is a short-term form of treatment. It helps patients understand underlying interpersonal issues that are troublesome, like unresolved grief, changes in social or work roles, conflicts with significant others, and problems relating to others.

Dialectical behavior therapy is a specific type of CBT that helps regulate emotions. It teaches new skills to help people take personal responsibility to change unhealthy or disruptive behavior. It involves both individual and group therapy.

Psychodynamic therapy is based on the idea that behavior and mental well-being are influenced by childhood experiences and inappropriate repetitive thoughts or feelings that are unconscious (outside of the person’s awareness).

Psychoanalysis is a more intensive form of psychodynamic therapy. Sessions are typically conducted three or more times a week.

Supportive therapy uses guidance and encouragement to help patients develop their own resources. It helps build self-esteem, reduce anxiety, strengthen coping mechanisms, and improve social and community functioning. 

Additional therapies sometimes used in combination with psychotherapy include:

  • Animal-assisted therapy – working with dogs, horses, or other animals to bring comfort, help with communication and help cope with trauma.
  • Creative arts therapy – use of art, dance, drama, music, and poetry therapies

Mental, emotional, and physical health significantly impact each other. Neglecting one can have long-term effects on the other aspects of your health. It is important to consult with professionals and take daily actions to maintain your health. Small, simple lifestyle changes make the biggest difference long-term. We guarantee you’ll see results. 

Genesys Men’s Health Can Help

So much of mental and emotional health is based upon the careful balance of hormones and chemicals in your body. Hormone levels that are too low can cause several mental and physical health issues. At Genesys Men’s Health, we perform free testosterone level checks. If you are experiencing any of the following—a decrease in sex drive, irritableness, or low energy, low testosterone levels may be to blame. If you would like to visit our office in Midvale, Utah, we can help you out. Contact us to schedule a visit.

If you do have low testosterone, we can help you with hormone treatments. If you have questions about what that is, or how it can help you, visit our page about what you should know about testosterone therapy.

Here at Genesys Men’s Health, we know how important men’s mental health is, as well as physical and emotional health. We are here to answer your questions and can help in several ways. Reach out at https://www.genesysmenshealth.com/contact-us/ with any questions that you may have.

Top Health Tips for Men Over 30

As you enter your 30’s, life starts to get pretty busy, and taking some time to consider quality health tips can make a big difference for you.

We get it—you have a very full plate. Between work, time with family, possibly some young kids running around, your 30’s can be overwhelming. Incredible, but overwhelming. Your health may not be at the top of your list of priorities, but trust us. Prioritizing your health now is going to save you a lot of time and energy later, plus it will help you establish effective habits that will pay off for years to come.

So what exactly should men over 30 be thinking about when it comes to their health? Take a look at some of our top health tips to make your 30’s and beyond the very best!

1. Carefully Consider Your Meal Size

In your teens and twenties, it was easy to eat as much as you wanted without experiencing too much discomfort. However, it’s time to start to be more intentional about your meal sizes. It’s recommended that you fill half your plate with vegetables and fruits, one fourth with your protein, and another fourth with your grain. Portion control really can make a difference, and is well worth the effort.

2. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise

If you haven’t made it a priority yet, make exercise a regular part of your daily routine. At least 30 minutes of exercise on a regular basis will make a big difference over time, not only with maintaining body weight and building muscle, but with giving you more energy to do the things that you love. 

Whether you’re just entering your 30’s or you’re well into your 60’s or 70’s, you want to be able to get on the floor and play with your kids or grandkids, or perhaps get out on physical adventures, like white water rafting or a backpacking trip. Whatever it is, you deserve the energy and capacity to do these things, and exercise is going to help make that happen.

3. Keep Your Bones Strong

If you haven’t started thinking about bone strength, now is the time to be more intentional about it. Read up on what you can do to keep your bones strong. You might be surprised by how simple some ways are, including:

  • Eating lots of vegetables
  • Prioritizing protein
  • Eat foods with high levels of calcium
  • Strength training style exercises
  • Collagen supplements

Keep in mind that what works for one person may not work for another. Try out a handful of these and do what works best for you. Incorporating these into your day-to-day routine will eventually become a habit, and you won’t even have to think about it anymore. You’ll just be reaping the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and strong bones.

4. What’s up with Your Testosterone?

As you get older, you may find that your testosterone isn’t what it once was. This is common for many men, and there are effective solutions for you to consider.

Something we recommend is testosterone replacement therapy. It’s very effective, especially for those facing symptomatic hypogonadism. This is essentially where someone is dealing with decreased libido or erectile dysfunction. Both of these are caused by low testosterone levels, which is where testosterone therapy comes into play.

There are a handful of things that can cause low testosterone, including depression, stress, fatigue, even diabetes or heart disease. We’ve seen testosterone levels start to decline in a man’s early 40’s, sometimes even earlier. Stay on top of your testosterone levels and get the treatments you need as you enter your 30’s.

5. Check Your Mental Health

Often when thinking about health tips, we’re thinking about our physical health. However, it’s equally important to consider the state of your mental health, as well. As we mentioned over, your 30’s bring a lot of wonderful things, however, they can also bring on a lot of stress. 

This will look different for everyone. It could mean taking medication to manage stress, anxiety, or depression. Talk to your doctor about what medication and dosage is going to be best for you. 

It could also be regularly seeing a therapist. Luckily, there are tons of different options out there, making it easier than ever to find a therapist that fits your preferences, as well as your schedule. Whether you’re meeting with someone in person once a month or you have Zoom calls scheduled multiple times a week, find what works best for you. It will be worth it.

6. Keep Stress Under Control

While we’re on the topic of mental health, let’s talk about stress. It’s safe to say that stress is unavoidable. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t solutions. There are plenty of things you can do to keep your stress under control.

Again, this is going to look different for everyone. What brings calm and peace may actually bring stress for others, so find what works best for you! Maybe it’s going on a walk or a jog in the morning. Maybe it’s setting aside time to read a few chapters in a book or listen to a podcast. Perhaps there’s a hobby that you want to dedicate some time to on a weekly or even daily basis.

Whatever it is, set aside the time and make it a priority. When your stress is under control, and when you have something to look forward to, it makes everything look more manageable.

7. Take Care of Your Heart

The older you get, the more important it’s going to become to properly take care of your heart. And no, we’re not talking about dating and romance.

No, we’re talking about the old ticker. Keeping your heart in tip top shape is absolutely worth the effort. Maintaining a healthy heart consists of all of the classic health tips that we’ve been hearing all our lives. Eat a heart healthy diet. Prioritize regular exercise. Cut alcohol and tobacco out.

There’s a reason why these are consistently brought up and advised. It’s because they’re effective and they really work, not just for taking care of your heart, but for your overall health. It’s worth the effort.

8. Say No to Smoking

Speaking of tobacco, it’s worth repeating that smoking is not doing you any favors, and cutting it out of your daily routine will serve you well. There have been many, many studies that have proven that smoking wreaks havoc on your body, and if you’re looking to live a long and healthy life, tobacco can’t be a part of it.

It’s better to start sooner than later. There are plenty of options available to help overcome tobacco addiction. Consider what might work best for you and make it a priority to move past your tobacco use. 

9. Sunscreen Matters

Some may think that sunscreen is just for kids getting ready to go out and play in the sun, or that you only need to wear it when you’re planning on spending a significant amount of time outside. In reality, wearing sunscreen should be a part of your daily routine, no matter what you have on your agenda.

At the end of the day, wearing sunscreen is a simple yet effective shield from sun damage and even skin cancer. When you start early, it will easily become a habit and you’ll reap the benefits without even thinking about it.

So when you get up in the morning, find a way to fit it in your morning ritual. Shower, breakfast, brush teeth, sunscreen. It’s as simple as that!

10. Prioritize Regular Doctor Visits

It can become easy to fall out of habit with seeing your doctor on a regular basis. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, right?

Wrong.

If you’re under the age of 50, you should be visiting your doctor at least every three years. Once you’re over 50, you should be scheduling a visit at least once a year. And if there’s ever anything that comes up that seems concerning, don’t hesitate to set up an appointment and get things checked out.

Here’s the thing: it’s much better for you to err on the side of caution and find out that there’s nothing wrong than to do nothing and find out too late that it’s pretty serious. 

11. Daily Water Intake

When it comes to the most under-appreciated health tip, drinking enough water is up there. It’s easy to underestimate how powerful it is to get those 15 full cups of water in on a daily basis, but it can really make a huge difference.

There are tons of benefits that come from drinking water daily. From the nutrients that you receive from water to the digestion aid, not to mention that it helps to normalize your blood pressure and stabilize your heartbeat, it’s a no-brainer. Prioritizing your daily water intake is a must.

Find out what works best for you to help get those full 15 cups in a day. Get yourself a high quality water bottle that you can carry around with you. If you like your water especially cold, fill your cup up with ice and a little water at the beginning of the day and then gradually fill it as the day goes on. The ice will melt, but there will still be enough to keep your water at the temperature that you prefer.

12. Sleep Matters (More Than Ever!)

We get it. This is a really busy part of your life, and it may feel like you have to sacrifice sleep in order to get everything done on your list. And let’s be real, we could all do with an additional six hours in every day, right?

But sleep matters, and no matter how long your to-do list is, there needs to come a time when you decide to push it to the next day. We had a bedtime growing up while we were in school for a reason. We needed sleep in order to have enough energy to perform well in our classes. 

That doesn’t change as we get older. It’s still just as important to get a good night’s sleep so that we can have the energy to work hard and engage with those around us.

13. Maintain Your Friendships

It can be really easy to get caught up in the flurry of work and home life, and maintaining friendships can easily slide down on your list of priorities. However, keeping even a handful of close, reliable friendships will serve you well.

It could look like getting together for some golf or basketball, or perhaps scheduling a regular game night to get together with your buddies. Whatever it is, make it a priority. You will be surprised by what it can do for your mental health.

14. Maintain Your Relationships

Now when we are talking about maintaining relationships here, we are talking about your family. Finding a good work-life balance is going to work wonders for helping you to enjoy the time that you spend with your family, keeping the stresses of work where they belong—at work. Leave aloof that at the office and allow yourself to disconnect and be present during your time with your family.

Genesys Men’s Health Is Here for You

Here at Genesys Men’s Health, we understand just how important it is for men to stay on top of and prioritize their mental and physical health. Giving yourself permission to put yourself first is crucial, especially as you enter and venture into your 30’s. Be sure to take these health tips into consideration as you think about what you can do to improve your health.

When it comes to testosterone replacement and erectile dysfunction, we’ve got everything covered for you. Located in Midvale, we are happy to help those in the Salt Lake City, Utah, area improve their physical health. Contact us today to get more details on the services that we offer and how we can help you!

Why It’s Important for Men to Take Care of Themselves

Why It’s Important for Men to Take Care of Themselves?

There are many reasons why it is of great importance for men to take care of themselves, especially in this day and age. 

This includes physical health, mental health, and emotional health. We are diving into it all here, discussing all things men and health so that you have the tools you need to have the most successful life as you age and progress.

Physical Health

There are many aspects of physical health that can be taken for granted. Little things you do over time have a huge impact on our bodies and how they help us survive. You get one body in this lifetime, how you take care of it and nurture it will determine how long it lasts you and how much ease or stress it gives you. When you are young, it can be easy to live carelessly and not worry about things like personal hygiene or taking your vitamins. You might stay up until 3 am playing Xbox and eating a full bag of Doritos and polish it off with a liter of Mountain Dew. Then you wake up the next morning, feel fine, and probably do it all over again the next night. The problems usually do not appear until years down the road. Say you are a little older now, and these late-night gaming and eating parties have become habits that are hard to break. Now you have a stable job and other responsibilities, but staying up and eating and gaming has become a habit in your life. Except for now, instead of waking up in the morning with no repercussions, you wake up in the morning and feel all sorts of terrible. You may have also found that you have put on weight, are more stressed, and more exhausted because you let your other responsibilities slide. Things start piling up, and it can easily affect your physical health more and more as time progresses. You see, little real-life scenarios such as this can sometimes lead to underlying health issues. For example, if not addressed, stress, lack of sleep, weight gain, etc., are all risk factors for Erectile Dysfunction development. Small problems can easily turn into larger problems or disorders if left untreated. 

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a common disorder in men across the globe. This disorder is more common as men age but can have early onset as young as age 25. Erectile Dysfunction is characterized by the inability to get or form an erection that is firm enough for sexual intercourse. Some other symptoms of ED can be fatigue, lack of interest in sex, or low sexual libido. It is not uncommon in a man’s life to have some form of trouble in this area once in a while. It is when it starts to happen more than 50% of the time that it becomes a medical issue that requires treatment. Factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, low Testosterone, alcohol, and drug consumption, lack of restful sleep, poor eating habits, weight gain, age, stress, and cardiovascular disease can have an impact on developing this condition.

Nutrition

How you eat seems like something so small in the grand scheme of things. Most individuals do not put a second thought into eating healthier until they get older. When you are young, it is easy to fuel your body off of packaged snacks and energy drinks. As you age, it is less easy, and well, just plain impossible to keep doing that. Food is one of the best mechanisms for change and wellness in your life. By changing what you eat, you can change how your body adapts, responds, and essentially runs on a day-to-day basis. You all have been told the importance of “eat your vegetables” as you grew up. Well, that advice could save you in the end. It has been found that when we eat a diet that is rich in antioxidants (eating more fruits and vegetables), we can prevent 20% or more of all cancer cases and avoid 200,000 deaths related to cancer each year. Fruits and vegetables should make up the majority of an individual’s diet. Eating healthier does not have to be a huge change you make overnight. It should not be a huge change you make overnight. Eating better is about making small changes to your eating habits over time so that you can develop better habits that are more sustainable. The key here is living a life and eating such that you will not have to be on a rollercoaster with your food choices. You can make small adjustments over time. Here are 10 ways you can adjust your eating habits for the better right now:

  1. Drink 100 oz. of water each day.
  2. Limit your processed snacks and foods.
  3. Make your meals at home.
  4. Pack your lunch to work.
  5. Include protein at each meal.
  6. Increase your fruits and vegetable intake.
  7. Do your own grocery shopping.
  8. Focus on your hunger and full cues.
  9. Plan your meals.
  10. Hire a nutrition coach or dietician if you need extra help.

Take a look at the 10 items listed above and pick one. Think about your day-to-day eating habits and if you currently practice that habit. If not, that is something you can work on this week. Once you feel like you have gotten a handle on it and do not have to actively struggle to accomplish it every day, move on to the next habit. Remember that no one is perfect. Even after you master a habit and it becomes a normal part of your life, you will find that some days are better than others. Some days you might drink enough water, but not eat enough protein at each meal. That is OK. Do not get discouraged and throw in the towel. Realize that you are human, and you will try again tomorrow.

Exercise

Exercise and moving your body is a large portion of physical health. Creating positive habits associated with exercise when you are young will give you great strides towards a happy and healthy life when you are older. You might also experience fewer health issues as your body will reap the benefits of a consistent exercise routine over the years. Some positive benefits of exercise are:

  1. Stronger bones
  2. Decreased risk of colon cancer
  3. Weight loss
  4. Decreased levels of Anxiety
  5. Decreased levels of Depression
  6. Decreased risk of Diabetes
  7. Reduced risk of Erectile Dysfunction
  8. Improved Testosterone levels
  9. Lower Cholesterol
  10. Lower risk of high blood pressure

Exercise is not only beneficial to the body (as shown by the benefits listed above), but it is also greatly beneficial for the mind. When you exercise and start to get your blood pumping, your body gets good blood circulation to your brain. This increased blood circulation to your brain enables the production of more neurons. The production of neurons in the brain involves the areas that control memory and thinking. As more neurons are developed, more brain power is created, and the effects against memory loss and dementia greatly increase. Therefore, exercise is also a combatting factor against neurodegeneration. While we are on the subject of brainpower, let’s talk about another benefit that exercise has on the brain. Exercising increases the number of neurotrophins in the brain, directly correlating brain plasticity, learning, and memory. This tells us that the more you consistently exercise, the better memory and learning power you will have throughout your life. So how often should one exercise each week?  The Center For Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following:

  1. 150 minutes moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week -or-
  2. 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity each week
  3. 2 or more days a week of muscle or strength training activities 

Aerobic exercise can be considered anything that gets you breathing hard, such as brisk walking, biking, or dancing. Exercising at a moderate intensity means you can hold a conversation while performing the exercises. However, if you are working out vigorously, this should not be the case. A vigorous exercise regime should involve breathing hard and fast.

Mental Health

This is one topic that can be pushed under the rug more often than not. When life gets busy, self-care tends to be the first item on our list to get cut. Society has made the world believe that self-care is only important and notable for women. How often do you talk to a friend or see any advertisements for self-care motivating content for men? Probably not often. And yet, most men are the primary income builders for their family, meaning they have a full-time (most likely 9-5 job) that requires most of their time outside of the home. Men can benefit immensely from carving out time for themselves each week. Some ideas for activities in this area would be:

  1. Building a strong network of guy friends.
  2. Going to therapy.
  3. Setting boundaries with work commitments.
  4. Spending quality time with your family.
  5. Cultivating nourishing hobbies or talents.

The five options listed above can greatly and positively impact your mental health. They are even more reasons why it is important for men to take care of themselves. When you are actively taking care of yourself, you feel better. Levels of anxiety and stress decrease, you get better sleep, and you are better able to handle the unexpected day-to-day events that life throws at you. By eliminating these factors, you also eliminate issues that could arise from these factors. As discussed in the paragraph above, taking care of your anxiety, stress, sleep deprivation, etc., can positively affect your chances of not developing Erectile Dysfunction in your lifetime.

Emotional Health

Take a minute to take inventory of your relationships in your life right now. These can be romantic, friendly, work, and any relationship with another individual you participate in currently. What are these relationships like? Here are some questions you can ask yourself as you think:

  1. Are any of my relationships draining?
  2. Do I leave any interactions feeling drained?
  3. Do any relationships bring me joy?
  4. Am I involved in any relationships that bring me stress and anxiety?
  5. Are any of my relationships healthy and mutually giving?

Relationships are what life is all about. Friends, family, coworkers, confidants, lovers, etc. It is usually through friendship and connection that fulfillment and joy are found. Relationships can also be a large factor in developing Erectile Dysfunction if they are contributing to stress and anxiety in your life. 

Legacy

Do you want to leave a legacy behind for your kids or friends that will positively impact their lives? Most of the time, the answer to this question is a resounding YES. Being a role model for taking care of yourself and doing things that are healthy for your overall health and wellness is a great place to start. Model the good behavior of scheduling that therapy appointment. Model the good behavior of setting boundaries with your time and scheduling exercise or meal planning. Model the good behavior of doing things you love to do or developing a new talent. These skills are learned and are needed more than ever in a society where we are constantly taught to be like everyone else and overwork our minds and bodies.

Self-Confidence

It is a simple act of truth. When you invest in yourself, you feel better. When you feel better about yourself, you act differently. Acting differently leads to making better choices, and in turn, living with more joy and fulfillment. Living with joy and fulfillment leads to increased amounts of success. Self-confidence is rewarding. It is also contagious. Just like leaving a legacy of self-care habits, leaving a legacy of self-confidence is just as important.

Visit Genesys Men’s Health for Your Erectile Dysfunction Needs

We hope you have enjoyed this article on the many reasons it is important for men to take care of themselves. At Genesys Men’s Health, we value each individual that walks through our doors and genuinely want to help them lead better lives. If you are suffering from symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction, give us a call or come into our office. We are located in Sandy, Utah. Our phone number is (801)-671-7456. Contact us today!

A Breakdown of Testosterone Levels by Age

A-Breakdown-of-Testosterone-Levels-by-Age

Our bodies are amazing machines, and all men should learn about their testosterone levels as they continue to age. 

We have all kinds of hormones that enable us to function and survive at our highest capacity. Testosterone is one of those hormones, and men and women alike need it to survive. At what age do we need different amounts of Testosterone?

There are many aspects of this hormone, such as the roles it plays in our survival, and a breakdown of Testosterone levels by age. We are talking all about it here, so stay tuned.

Testosterone Explained

Everyone needs Testosterone. This hormone is often termed the “King of Male Hormones,” and for good reason. It is responsible for a slew of processes in the male body. When men do not have enough of this hormone, issues and problems can arise. Such is true with the opposite. When high levels of Testosterone are detected, problems and issues can also arise.

How Does Testosterone Work?

Testosterone belongs to the group of hormones in the body that are termed “Androgens.” This means that hormones that belong in this category are responsible for building and growth. In males, Testosterone is responsible for the deepening of the voice, hair growth, development of penis and testes, muscle and bone growth, increase in sexual libido, regulation of sperm production, and increased energy.

Where Is It Made?

Like other hormones, Testosterone is regulated by a system in the body called a feedback loop. Generally, this means that the body can sense when there is “too much” Testosterone and will stop production of the hormone. This ties into those individuals who may seek out Testosterone Therapy or medications when the treatment is not needed. They can end up with too much Testosterone in the body, which in turn signals their own processing systems to stop making it themselves. This can lead to negative outcomes when the treatment is stopped and the body no longer makes Testosterone itself, since it detected the surplus already in the blood.

Leydig cells in the testes produce Testosterone as follows:

  • The Hypothalamus secretes GnRH (Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone) in spurts, which controls Testosterone secretion.
  • These spurts trigger the Pituitary Gland to make LH (Luteinizing Hormone).
  • LH causes cholesterol to be converted to Testosterone in the Leydig cells.

When Do Testosterone Levels Start to Change?

When males are adolescents start puberty, Testosterone levels grow substantially. By the time they are 50 or older, their levels of Testosterone have declined. The levels of Testosterone are then decreased by 20-50% up until age 80. The American Urology Association (AUA) has stated that a Testosterone level of at least 300 Nanograms is considered normal in men. If the levels of this hormone are less than 300, it is considered to be a condition known as Low Testosterone, or Low T.

Age and Testosterone Levels

Testosterone levels in the body can change with age as soon as puberty starts. Throughout a male’s lifetime, there are ages where this hormone can fluctuate, as shown below.

Age 0-12: Normal T Levels. Testosterone is needed for normal fetal development and crucial to growth and development in early years.

Age 12-18: T Levels have a large increase in number and will become the highest count they will ever be in the male’s lifetime. (300-1200 Nanograms per deciliter)

Age 18-30: T Levels remain at an increased volume

Age 30-50 T Levels start to decline 1% per year at age 30

Age 50+ T Levels continue to gradually decline as age progresses.

What Can I Do If I Think I Have Low T?

If you suspect you may have low Testosterone, you can start by taking our free questionnaire. A sample of questions you will see on the test are as follows: Answer in a yes or no format.

  1. I have a reduced desire for sex that is not ok with me.
  2. I have Erectile Dysfunction.
  3. I have a lack of drive and motivation that affects my productivity.
  4. I lack energy and am always tired.
  5. Life is less enjoyable than it used to be.
  6. Fun activities are less fun, or take too much effort.
  7. I often feel irritable and grumpy.
  8. I have noticed a loss of tone in my muscles.
  9. Weight seems to settle stubbornly in certain areas of my body, and remains there despite weight loss.
  10. My workout results do not match my efforts.

To complete the full test and submit your answers online, click here. Once submitted, a staff member will be in contact to discuss your results.

Treatment Options for Low T

There are a few treatment options for individuals who need extra therapy to help boost their levels of Testosterone. TRT or Testosterone Replacement Therapy is one option, and there are a few ways to do it. Injections are a process usually marked by a few appointments in office to teach patients how to use the medication. You can choose to receive all injections in the office, or choose to start your therapy in the office, and then finish the remaining shots or treatments in the comfort of your own home. If this option does not sound appealing, you can also choose to use a topical cream or gel. This is a quick-drying prescription gel that you apply to your skin daily. Testosterone is absorbed through the bloodstream once applied. You may also choose to go other routes for treatment, which are patches, pellets, or other oral medications. 

Visit Genesys Men’s Health for Your Testosterone Needs

At Genesys Men’s Health, we value your unique experience and treat you with respect and care. We have a team of doctors who are ready to assist you in whatever condition you may be experiencing. If you are questioning your Testosterone levels, let us help you get to the root of the answers you seek. We specialize in Testosterone Therapy and are skilled in our treatment options we provide. Our office is located in Sandy, Utah. Come by and chat with our friendly staff, or give us a call at (801)-671-7456. Contact us today!

8 Effects of Testosterone on a Man’s Body

8 Effects of Testosterone on a Man's Body

In today’s blog, we’ll cover the eight effects of Testosterone, and how they impact every male alive on the globe. 

Testosterone is the king of hormones, and has many roles in the human body. Without it, human beings’ survival would be at risk.

Testosterone

Testosterone Is a hormone produced by the male Testes. It is known for its effects in maturation, including deepening voice, growth of body hair, puberty, sex drive, and other body functions. Men and women both produce and survive with circulating Testosterone in the blood. Although it can have different effects and responses in different genders, it is still as important for each individual on planet earth.

Where Does It Come From?

The production of Testosterone is more elaborate than you would think. The body is an incredible machine. Thus, creating this hormone involves a system called a “feedback loop.”

This feedback loop broken down means that if you are not making enough Testosterone for your body, it will send signals to make more. In the reverse, if you are taking Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), your body will see this added supply and shut down or limit your own production of the hormone. This can be controversial in the long run if the TRT is stopped or lessened. Your body no longer will make the hormone you need and your choice to stop TRT renders you to have Low T repeated.

For males, the production of Testosterone starts in the brain: with the Hypothalamus, or the Hypothalamus releases Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone (GnRH). Once this is released, it stimulates the release of the Anterior Pituitary Luteinizing Hormone and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FH). Luteinizing hormone then stimulates the Leydig cells, which then produce Testosterone.

Why Do I Need Testosterone?

Without this hormone, a lot of very important body functions would be decreased or non-existent. In order to progress physically in our lifetime as we get older, we need this hormone on board. When an individual suffers from too much Testosterone or too little Testosterone, there are also many side effects that arise. 

Too Much Testosterone

When Testosterone levels being circulated in the body reach an abnormal high, there can be trouble ahead for the individual in the driver’s seat. One might experience increased amounts of facial acne and more breakouts than usual. Other symptoms one might experience would be high blood pressure, passing out and or fainting, headaches, nausea, dizziness, Erectile Dysfunction (ED), early male pattern baldness or excessive hair growth, depression, anxiety, irritability, stroke, abnormal prostate growth, heart attack, swelling, slurred speech, trouble breathing, the appearance of breast tissue, muscle and connective tissue damage, and pulmonary embolisms. A few factors that can cause an individual to have high Testosterone are using anabolic steroids to boost sports or physical performance, undergoing TRT for low T levels, accidentally coming in contact with or touching prescription Testosterone gel or cream, and having tumor growth or tumors grow on your testicles or Adrenal Glands.

Too Little Testosterone

This condition of too little Testosterone is also clinically termed “Hypogonadism.” There are a vast variety of symptoms associated with this condition. Symptoms of Hypogonadism are as follows: trouble with erections, ED, fatigue, mood changes, reduced bone mass, hair loss, reduced testicular size, reduced sperm production, Osteoporosis, decreased muscle mass, lowered sexual desire, hot flashes, increase in body fat, increased cardiovascular risk, or gaining weight. There are generally 2 types of Hypogonadism, namely primary and secondary. Primary Hypogonadism is characterized by the testicles not responding to hormone stimulation. In Secondary Hypogonadism, a disease or other state can interfere with the Pituitary Gland or the Hypothalamus, which are the main areas in the body that affect the production of Testosterone. Certain diseases or other states that cause type 2 Hypogonadism would be; cirrhosis of the liver, toxins, stress, obesity, or malnutrition. Other factors that can cause Low T are depression, anxiety, consuming extremely low amounts of food and or calories, decreased fat intake, drug and alcohol use, chronic illness and poor sleep patterns. The (AUA) has said that a Testosterone level of at least 300 nanograms per deciliter is considered a normal level for a male. Anything below this level would be termed “Low T.” Levels ranging from 450-600 are considered to be normal.

Treatment Options to Increase Testosterone Levels

Injection: This option is a series of injections done in the office and or in your home. The first visit can be used to demonstrate how to administer the injections, and then if chosen, the individual can choose to continue treatments at home.

Cream: This is a prescription Testosterone Cream that you can apply directly to your skin. Coming in contact with this cream for anyone who is not wanting to adjust their Testosterone is advised to proceed with caution.

Patches: This route of therapy uses medical Testosterone patches placed directly on the skin. These patches release Testosterone into the bloodstream and are changed every 24 hours.

Pellets: Pellets are small devices that are placed directly under your skin. You will have them placed around the buttocks and thigh region of your body. Testosterone is released gradually and slowly over time. This is an option for individuals who are looking for low maintenance, as they do not need to be replaced frequently—only every 3-6 months.

Oral Medications: This category is for the pills you take by mouth. They also release Testosterone into your body at a gradual pace.

Free Online Testosterone Self-Test

If you suffer from Low T, or feel you may have some signs but aren’t sure where to start—begin here. This test will prompt you with a series of questions and have you talk to our specialists for a discounted rate after you get your results

Here is a sample of some of the questions you might see on the quick self-test we provide, checking all that apply:

𛰫 I have a reduced desire for sex that is not OK with me.
𛰬 I have erectile dysfunction
𛰬 I have a lack of drive and motivation that affects my productivity
𛰬 I lack energy and am always tired
𛰜 Life is less enjoyable than it used to be

This online test will protect your privacy and also allow us to help you get the results you need. You can find our self-test here

What Else Can I Do To Keep A Healthy Testosterone Level?

Taking care of your body is going to be the number 1 factor in how well your body produces and uses Testosterone. Investing in your body and mind will have positive effects for years and years to come. You can never go wrong with taking the time and effort to put self-care at the top of the list. Here are a few things you can start working on to increase your chances of a healthier life with normal Testosterone ranges:

  1. Exercise regularly & consistently
  2. Eat a balanced diet 
  3. Consume enough Micronutrients and Macronutrients each day
  4. Get 7-9 hours of restful sleep each night
  5. Invest in your mental health

 8 Effects of Testosterone on a Man’s Body

-Maturation

Every male goes through puberty in their lifetime. Although the age can vary, it usually starts around age 12. Voices deepen, body odor increases, body hair appears on private areas and under the arms, on the legs, face, and chest. Acne can sometimes be a factor as well as hitting a growth spurt. Maturity of penis and testicles is also a byproduct. Testosterone levels rise during this puberty phase of life and level off in early adulthood. Usually, around age 30-40, levels of Testosterone start to decrease slowly over time. By the age of 80, Testosterone levels drop significantly, simply as a byproduct of the aging process. This is a normal part of getting older, and in most cases does not require any form of therapy. Experiencing some difficulty with erections and sexual libido once in a while can be considered normal in a man’s life. When individuals are experiencing symptoms of low Testosterone in the youthful years of their life that are becoming increasingly more common or occurring 50% or more of the time, then it is advised to seek additional help.

-Muscle Growth

Testosterone increases the number of neurotransmitters in the body, which in turn affect tissue growth. This special hormone also increases levels of Growth Hormone, which makes it easier to build muscle during exercise or training. Androgen exposure early in life will determine the size and number of motor units in our muscles. These factors, along with physical features, determine the size of muscle fibers. Simply put, when male babies are in the womb and growing, androgen exposure can determine how well their muscles will grow in adulthood.

Exercise is another factor that can affect muscle growth. It depends on the intensity and consistency of the exercise completed. Performing exercise can show a short-term release of Testosterone which will aid in muscle growth. The harder you work, the more Testosterone you will get. This can also be true on the flip side. If you are working out in mostly an endurance-based exercise program, your Testosterone levels will likely decrease or be suppressed.

-Bone Growth

What’s one hormone that tells the bone marrow to manufacture more red blood cells? Testosterone. When Testosterone levels are normal, bone density is accurate.

-Body Hair

Increased amounts of body hair is a result of Testosterone production. We see this mainly in adolescence when males hit 12 years old. Hair starts to grow heavier on the body. In instances where too much Testosterone is introduced to the body via TRT or other methods, excess body hair is also a by-product for males and females alike. Hair growth can also be shown in the reverse for increased Testosterone production. Male pattern baldness can be a risk when T levels get higher than normal.

-Mood

Sometimes in the media and movies, Testosterone is portrayed by Hulk-like anger or in-depth mood swings. Although mood swings and roller coaster emotions can happen, generally in puberty and adolescence, this drastic visual is not accurate. In some cases where Testosterone is being taken with TRT, the mood and mood swings can become more drastic. This is not until later in life when an individual chooses to start TRT if their own Testosterone levels are low on their own.

-Weight Loss

In a review conducted by The Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity, a link between weight loss and TRT was found. When men who were considered obese who also suffered from low T or underwent TRT, they saw a significant reduction in weight. 

-Regulation of Sex Drive

When individuals suffer from low T, their sexual libido, or sex drive, will automatically decrease. Less Testosterone circulated in the body means less sexual feelings and drive for sex. A symptom of having less than normal levels of Testosterone is fatigue. It comes as no surprise that when an individual gets too tired or fatigued, sex or foreplay seem less appealing.

-Sperm Production

This process is termed “Spermatogenesis.” This is the process by which sperm is produced in the male’s body in the Testes. Testosterone regulates this sequence.

Testosterone is absolutely crucial to spermatogenesis, including meiosis and spermiogenesis.

Visit Genesys Men’s Health for Your Testosterone Needs

At Genesys Men’s Health, We are here to serve you every step of the way. With vast amounts of knowledge on Testosterone levels in our patients, we are equipped with the tools to help you on the path to a healthier and happier lifestyle. There are many effects of Testosterone in the male body, and we can help you determine if you need additional resources. We understand each individual that walks through our doors is unique, and so is their situation. If you have questions about your Testosterone levels, look no further. Our office is located in Sandy, Utah. Come in and talk with our friendly staff, or give us a call at (801)-671-7456. Contact us today!

How Severe Is Your Erectile Dysfunction? Take Our ED Self Test

How Severe Is Your Erectile Dysfunction? Take Our ED Self Test

We are sharing resources all about ED, how to take our ED Self Test, and how you can find out about your condition and get the help you need.

Erectile Dysfunction is a common disorder among men. More than 18 million men in the United States suffer from Erectile Dysfunction. If you are experiencing symptoms and are a part of this group, keep reading. 

What Is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction, or commonly referred to as ED, is known for being a condition that affects the penis. More specifically, it affects the ability to get and keep an erection stable enough for sexual intercourse. In general, it is not uncommon for men to experience trouble here and there in the bedroom. If the issue persists and is showing up in your life more regularly, this is a marker for Erectile Dysfunction. This disorder is more common as men age. The older that you are, the higher your risk of developing ED. According to the (AAFP) American Academy of Family Physicians, it is more relevant in men ages 75 and over.

What Can Cause ED?

There are numerous factors that can affect the onset of ED. We will list them here: obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, low Testosterone, smoking, drug use, alcohol consumption, Parkinson’s Disease, prescription drugs, stroke, prostate treatments, prostate or pelvic injury, brain injury or spinal cord injury, and Multiple Sclerosis.

What Signs and Symptoms Do I Look For?

Common symptoms of ED are the inability to get or keep an erection, and loss of libido or decreased sex drive. As stated before, sometimes individually, these characteristics are not uncommon by themselves in a healthy individual. If you find them to be occurring more often, this is where you would want to give your doctor a call and schedule an appointment. While you are waiting, you can take our ED Self Test to get some answers.

Risk Factors For ED

There are a few risk factors to be aware of for those individuals concerned with the onset of this condition in their lifetime. These risk factors include: using tobacco, diabetes and other heart-related conditions, antidepressants, stress & anxiety, alcohol & drug use, and being overweight.

How Do I Know If My Symptoms Are Severe?

When you are experiencing these symptoms discussed above more than half of the time, you will want to seek additional help and resources, as this is considered abnormal. Every man can have an issue here and there, it is when it becomes prevalent that it is not considered normal. In a  controlled clinical trial study performed by the Journal of Sexual Medicine, men who have severe symptoms of ED and men who have moderate symptoms of ED, generally feel the same impact from ED about their life and their symptoms. This affects how they find treatment and their overall quality of life.

What Are My Chances of Offsetting This Disorder?

You may take solace in knowing that there are things you can be doing now, to decrease your chances of developing Erectile Dysfunction short and long term. These are things such as dialing in on your nutrition, getting enough exercise, and taking care of your mental health. Let’s take a look at what that can look like individually.

Nutrition:

Dialing in your nutrition can look different for different people. But in general, it means eating foods that give your body energy and taking more accountability for what you feed your body. You can take a mental inventory of what you eat in a day. Include what you drink and all of the snacks that you consume. You can even repeat this food log every day for 1-2 weeks and see what you can gather from your records. Here are a few thought-provoking questions to think about while reviewing your notes.

Do you eat a lot of packaged snacks?

How is your water consumption?

Do you eat vegetables at each meal?

What is your breakfast usually like?

How do you feel after you eat a meal?

Do you consume a lot of candy or sweets?

How is your protein intake?

Do you eat fruit often?

This might seem a little odd at first, but it will give you the power to read between the lines and start making necessary changes. You can begin by picking one item that you wish to improve and work on it consistently for 2-3 weeks. When you feel like that habit is improved and easier to do without reminding yourself, pick up another thing you wish to change and keep going.

There are some foods out there that also can affect testosterone levels which in turn can affect Erectile Dysfunction. The following is a list of 5 food items to include in your diet:

Avocado

Carrots

Chilli Peppers

Oats

Tomatoes

Decreasing packaged foods and increasing your whole foods intake will give you drastic benefits as you navigate ED.

Exercise:

Exercise has so many benefits to the mind and body. It increases blood flow, boosts mood, and decreases chances of acquiring less than satisfactory diseases and disorders. Chances are that if you do not have a solid workout regime in the works in your life currently, you are lacking energy, mental clarity, and a solid support system. All of these aspects are positive qualities that exercising regularly can offer you. Just as you did with your nutrition in your life, take a mental note of your daily activity levels. You can start thinking about how long you sit, if you get outside during the day, how many steps you probably walk per day, and any exercise or workouts you complete. Here are a few questions to get the ball rolling:

Would you consider your activity level to be sedentary, moderate, or active?

Do you get your heart rate up at least 1x per day?

How is your endurance level?

Do you seem to get winded when you walk up a flight of stairs?

Do you stretch and mobilize every day?

If you guess, what are your average steps taken per day?

Do you workout intensely at least 3X per week?

Do you have a consistency buddy?

After answering those questions, how did you do? By now you have a mental idea of where you can start to improve in your physical exercise every day. 

According to the American Heart Association, individuals should be completing 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity each week. This can be alternated with 75 minutes of intense vigorous aerobic activity each week also. Individuals and families are also challenged to include at least 2 days of strength training exercises each week. The following are some options of moderate intensity aerobic exercises you can do:

Brisk walking

Tennis

Gardening

Biking

Water Aerobics

Dancing

Vigorous aerobic intensity exercise would be:

Swimming laps

Aerobic dancing

Heavy yard work

Cycling

Hiking

Running

By improving your physical health, you are also improving your mental health. The benefits of exercise severely outweigh any discomfort that comes with starting a new workout regimen or the sore muscles that can accompany it. Better blood flow is also a benefit to reversing Erectile Dysfunction.

Mental Health:

Last but not least is mental health. Unfortunately in our society, mental health is not given the coverage or attention it needs. It is also usually the last on the list when it comes to self-care. Why? Because as humans we don’t address mental issues as real issues because they aren’t seen like a physical wound is. The phrase, “Out of sight, out of mind” comes to mind.   

You can start to change this narrative by investing in your mental health. And just as we did with nutrition and exercise, let’s take a little mental checklist of how your mental state is on a day-to-day basis. Here are some questions to get you started thinking about your life and feelings:

Do you frequently feel agitated and irritable?

Do you suffer from Anxiety?

Have you experienced or do you experience bouts of depression?

Do you have a loss of appetite?

Are you in a stressful romantic relationship?

Do you have emotional support?

Do you have close friends?

How often do you do something for yourself?

Do you participate in social gatherings you enjoy?

Do you have a hard time saying no to extra tasks?

Do you have a hard time accepting help?

How are your sleep patterns?

Do you own a journal?

Do you currently see a therapist?

Now that you have mentally answered these questions, you probably have a good idea on the areas in your mental health that could use some care. Mental health plays a large role in Erectile Dysfunction characteristics and symptoms. For example, if you are in a relationship and experience ED, chances are that not only you could benefit from talking to a therapist, but also your significant other might be able to benefit from talking to a therapist. ED can cause issues for the person who develops the condition, but also the romantic partners as they learn and offer support. There is hope and help available for both individuals. Life with ED and life without ED can both be fulfilling.

Our ED Self Test

We have provided an online test to give you a better idea of where to start if you are experiencing symptoms of this condition. You can find this test on our website at genesysmenshealth.com under the Erectile Dysfunction tab. Once there. you can click the drop down menu to find ED Self Test. This is a brief sexual history for men quiz. The cost is $30.00 once finished so you can have a consultation with one of our trained and experienced doctors. A sample of the questions are listed below:

  • How would you rate your confidence that you can get or keep an erection?
  • When you have an erection with sexual stimulation, how often are your erections hard enough for penetration?
  • During sexual intercourse, how often were you able to maintain your erection after you had penetrated your partner?
  • During sexual intercourse, how difficult is it to maintain your erection to completion of intercourse?
  • When you attempt sexual intercourse? How often is it satisfactory for you?

If these questions sound like they could offer help to you, go online and submit your answers. 

You can find our online test here.

What Treatment Options Are Available for ED?

There are a variety of treatment options for Erectile Dysfunction. We will review them here as follows:

Focused Shockwave Therapy

This type of therapy uses a wand to deliver high-energy waves to multiple areas of the penis. This quickens tissue repair and boosts cell growth. Here are a few main facts about this type of therapy.

  • Focused, concentrated area
  • Deep penetration
  • High energy waves
  • 100% pain-free
  • Proven to improve erectile dysfunction
  • More expensive, delicate equipment

Radial Wave therapy

This type of therapy is also termed “Energy Wave Therapy.” This form of therapy uses low energy sound waves to improve blood flow through the penis. A few main facts about Radial Wave therapy are as follows:

  • Broad, unfocused area
  • Shallow penetration
  • Low energy waves
  • Unfocused Radial waves often produce pain and may require numbing cream or nerve block
  • Not proven to improve erectile dysfunction
  • Cheaper machine, more like a massage gun

Other treatment options include medications, penis pumps, surgical procedures, and therapy.

Visit Genesys Men’s Health for Your Erectile Dysfunction Needs

At Genesys Men’s Health, we value every patient that comes through our doors, and do everything we can to help them find the answers they seek. We have multiple resources available to guide individuals on their unique journey with ED, including our ED Self Test. Our team of friendly doctors are well schooled in Erectile Dysfunction and will be your advocate in finding you the best route of treatment. Visit our office in Sandy, Utah, or give us a call and talk to one of our friendly staff. You can reach us at (801)-671-7456. Contact us today!

5 Most Common Myths About Erectile Dysfunction

5 Most Common Myths About Erectile Dysfunction

There is a lot of information circulating on the internet, and it can be hard to find the true facts about Erectile Dysfunction. 

If you suffer from ED, we are exposing the 5 most common myths about Erectile Dysfunction we see and providing you with all the details, information, and truth. Stay tuned.

What Is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction is a disorder of the penis that can develop in men around the world. 18 million American men suffer from symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction. ED can be characterized by the inability to get and keep an erection that allows sexual intercourese, and is generally seen more in men over 40, but can occur sooner. There are other characteristics of ED which are low sexual libido, and decreased energy to name a few. There are a series of things that can be the cause of ED that are known. They are as follows: 

  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Drug use
  • Low testosterone
  • Kidney disease
  • Relationship problems
  • Sleep disorders 
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stress
  • Using tobacco products
  • and more

ED can be caused by one single symptom and not all the symptoms listed grouped together. Below is a list of the most common myths about Erectile Dysfunction. 

  • Only Older Men Suffer from Erectile Dysfunction

Although ED is more prevalent in older men, it does occur in men that are younger in age. It is also not uncommon to have inability to form erections in your lifetime. It is only considered to be medically concerning if it is happening at least 50% or more of the time you are trying to have sexual intercourse. 

By the age of 50, 33% of men will have Erectile Dysfunction. If you find that you are experiencing the inability to keep an erection, low sexual libido or decreased interest in sex, fatigue, or other unusual symptoms related to your sexual health, call your doctor for an appointment and check up.

  • Your Sex Life Changes Forever Once You Have Erectile Dysfunction

Developing Erectile Dysfunction can seem daunting and overwhelming to say the least. It can have many effects on your mental state, as well as your personal body, and romantic relationship. With all of that said, it doesnt have to be the end of your sex life. With proper knowledge, key communication with your significant other, and treatments from our experts if needed, you can still live a happy life and be fulfilled in the bedroom.

  • Erectile Dysfunction Only Affects Erections

Yes, ED can affect your ability to form and keep an erection, but that is not all. Your sexual desire or libido, will also drastically change as a symptom of this disorder. This is yet another myth about Erectile Dysfunction.

  • Erectile Dysfunction Is a Disorder Brought on By Aging Alone

This may be hard to hear for some, but you do not have to be over the age of 50 to experience symptoms of this disorder.  ED can affect men ages 30 and above. It is less common however, the younger you are, but it is not uncommon to experience at young ages. There are a myriad of other risk factors that can cause Erectile Dysfunction, they are as follows:

  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Injuries to the pelvic area and or penis
  • Radiation treatments from cancer
  • Being overweight
  • Consuming large amounts of alcohol
  • Drug use
  • Heart conditions
  • Taking some medications.
  • You Can’t Prevent Erectile Dysfunction Onset

Taking care of your body and mind is going to be the #1 way that you can prevent ED. Take a look at your hobbies and lifestyle with this series of questions below. 

Are you suffering from low energy?

Do you get less than 6-7 hours of sleep per night?

What is your stress level from 0-10?

Do you drink enough water?

Do you eat mostly fast food?

Do you eat vegetables at each meal?

How are your snacking habits? Do you eat mostly packaged foods?

Who does your grocery shopping?

Do you make time for self care?

Do you see a therapist?

Do you suffer from any underlying health issues that need resolved?

Do you exercise regularly?

Do you have a social group or close friendships?

Do you work full time?

Are you in a relationship?

If so, is your relationship healthy?

Mentally answering these questions will get your mind moving on where you sit with your overall wellness. Looking at those questions, where do you think you could start to improve?

Changing your lifestyle is not a black and white, shotgun decision, or approach. The best success starts out by building on small habits and changing over a span of time. This could look like getting an accountability partner and going to the gym together 3 times each week for at least 30 minutes. Once this goal becomes a habit, it’s time to add another one, and so on and so forth. Exercise and good nutrition are key components in delaying or avoiding the side effects of Erectile Dysfunction. The more you invest in your personal health, the more you can enjoy the rewards of your healthy body.

Things you can do now to start improving your mental health;

Create a consistent workout routine.

Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day.

Eat protein at each meal.

Drink ½ your weight in ounces of water each day.

Get consistent 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

Incorporate meditation or other form of self care.

Make and keep wellness exams and appointments.

Visit Genesys Men’s Health for Your Erectile Dysfunction Treatment Needs

Now that we’ve told you about the myths about Erectile Dysfunction, you may be wondering how to treat it. Here at Genesys Men’s Health, we take priority in ensuring our care of all patients is specific and unique to their own needs. We understand that no two people are alike, and no two treatments are alike. We serve men of all ages and backgrounds. Our office is filled with friendly staff who are knowledgeable and can help answer all of your questions. If you have questions about the myths of Erectile Dysfunction, let us help you. Come visit us in our office located in Sandy, Utah, or give us a call at (801)-671-7456. Contact us today!

Here’s What Men Over 40 Must Know About Their Health

What Men Over 40 Must Know About Their Health?

Men over 40 might not only start experiencing changes in how they look, but also in their energy and how they feel. If you are 40 years old or over, chances are your health priorities have changed over the last decade. Here is what you need to know if you find yourself in this category, and what you need to do to be proactive about your health.

Heart Disease

As we age, our heart and arteries also age. It is key to start eating a balanced and healthy diet. Eating nutritious foods can aid in preventing fatty build up in the arteries of your heart which leads to heart disease. Exercising consistently will also be significant in keeping your heart healthy and working properly. The American Heart Association informs us that more than 1 in 3 men have cardiovascular disease

Heart Attack & Stroke

Age is a risk factor for heart attack. Knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and what that looks like for men can help you get the care you need quickly if you find yourself in pain.

 There are different symptoms of heart attack, and women can have different symptoms than men. 

The most common symptoms of a heart attack are:

  • Pain in the chest
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Arm and jaw pain

Seek emergency medical care if you experience any of these symptoms. Stroke probability also increases as men age. There are around 3 million male stroke survivors alive today and counting. It is possible to make a healthy recovery if you catch the symptoms quick enough. Think of the acronym F.A.S.T.  Look for any FACIAL drooping when smiling, ARMS drifting downward if raised, SPEECH slurring or difficulty saying a phrase, TIME to quickly call 911.

Gum Disease

The chances of you acquiring gum disease increases as you reach your 40s and 50s. Taking the time when you are younger to build healthy brushing and flossing habits will save you time and money in the long run. If you have not built up those good habits, don’t fear. Start now by taking steps every day to boost the care of your teeth and gums.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure becomes a higher risk for men over 40. Younger men still run the risk of having high blood pressure, but it is not as high of a chance they will acquire it. The best way to combat high blood pressure is to live a healthy lifestyle. This includes consistently exercising at least 3 times per week with an elevated heart rate for 30 minutes at a time. This also includes eating foods that fuel your body and not picking up the habit of smoking or drinking.

Prostate Issues

Prostate issues that may rise when your age creeps over 40 could include Erectile Dysfunction. Nearly 30 Million men are affected by Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in their lifetime. There are steps you can do now to lessen your chance of acquiring ED, such as living a healthy lifestyle and abstaining from alcohol and drug use. Erectile Dysfunction is not untreatable, and meeting with our experts to find the right treatment for you is possible to live a happy life.

Cancer

Skin cancer is very common and becomes more prevalent as we age. It does not discriminate, as it affects men young and old all over the world. As you age, your chances of developing skin cancer do increase. Take the time now to practice good sun care habits. Wear sunscreen when you go outside. Wear sunglasses and head protection to also protect you from the sun. If you can, avoid exposure to tanning beds or lamps. Skin cancer can develop quickly and spread. Be proactive and keep up to date on your yearly wellness checks. Know your body and address differences in the look and feel of your skin when you notice them.

Arthritis

We have one body that is with us for life, so it is expected for there to be wear and tear as we get older. Usually wear and tear for age can look like arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis and OsteoArthritis are two that are not uncommon for men age 30 and older. Swelling and inflammation of the joints and wearing down of cartilage can be expected but not life threatening. There are options for treatment and therapy that can aid in the maintenance and recovery of these issues.

Metabolism

The body’s metabolism naturally changes with age. It isn’t a choice we have, rather an event or series of events that happen organically. Adjusting how you eat as your metabolism changes can aid you along in this process. Start choosing foods that are rich in color and vitamins and minerals. Don’t rely on supplements to get your nutrients. Reach for whole food options. This might look like making a large protein shake each morning for breakfast packed with greens and berries with antioxidants and complete with some yogurt, nuts, and milk. You can start adding snacks to your routine that are not packaged, such as diced cucumbers and dressing, apples with almond butter, nuts and a string cheese, or chopped carrots and hummus. 

Change

As our bodies age, so do our exercise needs and nutrition needs. It might be easier for you to stay fit and healthy in your 20’s by doing minimal work. Now when you reach 40, for most this drastically changes. Not by fault of our own, but because our bodies change and adapt as we age. You might be noticing that you have more pains and aches than you are used to. If you get an injury, it generally takes longer to heal the older you are. You might also notice that your hormone levels are changing and losing fat and building muscle take a lot longer to pull off than they used to. You will have less opportunity to compete physically and your body might be experiencing some intolerances or new sensitivities.

Exercise

You might not be able to keep up with the 20 year olds at the gym, but you can definitely still throw around some weight. As you adapt to your body changing, focusing more on resistance training and building strength will help keep your body from losing muscle with age. Increasing the time you usually spend mobilizing or stretching will also be beneficial. The more you can lessen your chance of an injury the better. Stretching and mobilizing decrease this chance, so you can spend less time recovering and more time building. Listen to your body as you go. Take advantage of rest days while also keeping a goal to workout at least 3-4 times per week.

Mindset

Getting older and reaching your 40’s is not a bad thing. Just like our life brings us different chapters and experiences, being 40 brings new goals and aspirations. This might be a time in your life to focus on your relationships and really help them thrive. Maybe you have extra time on your hands to volunteer or pick up a new hobby.

Testosterone

Once you reach your 20’s, your testosterone levels start to decline and will continue to decline as you get older. With a decrease in testosterone, you may experience difficulty in losing weight and or gaining muscle mass.

Mental Health

There is never a better time to make your mental health a priority than the now. You may have foregone this type of aid in the past because you were younger and naive, or just busy and exhausted. By the time you are 40 or older, life generally slows down and what is important makes itself manifest. Use this time to boost your mental health, however that may look for you. See a therapist, start a mindfulness practice, try yoga or meditation. You will never regret taking care of your mind, as much as you take care of your body.

Skin Elasticity

What’s the telltale sign of getting older and aging? The appearance of wrinkles. Wrinkles are a natural part of our bodies aging as the skin loses collagen in skin cells. If you protect your skin while you are young from the harmful effects of UV light, your skin will hold collagen longer. 

Hair Loss

No matter who you are, as you get older, your hair also does. As follicles become older, you start to experience an increased level of hair loss. Genetics can play a large role in this, but also  your lifestyle and any medical conditions you may have will affect the level of hair loss you experience with age.

Visit Genesys Men’s Health

At Genesys Men’s Health, we treat several men over age 40 every week. We specialize in Testosterone Replacement Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Thyroid issues, and Erectile Dysfunction Therapy, among other areas. Just as your needs are unique to you, so is your treatment. 

If you live in Sandy, Utah, and the greater Salt Lake County area, schedule an appointment or have questions answered by calling us at (801)-671-7456. Expect to regain mental clarity, energy, drive, emotional stability, sex drive, physical stamina and endurance, as well as improved strength and lean muscle mass. Don’t wait and contact us today!

Radial Wave Therapy vs. Shockwave Therapy: Which is Best for Erectile Dysfunction?

Radial Wave Therapy vs. Shockwave Therapy: Which is Best for Erectile Dysfunction?

If you experience symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction (ED), you are not alone because it’s actually quite common.

Fifty-two percent of men worldwide experience some level of symptoms associated with ED. We are discussing what Erectile Dysfunction is and different methods of therapy here, including the facts about Radial Wave Therapy vs. Focused Shockwave Therapy for treatment measures.

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to obtain and keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction may include trouble forming an erection, trouble keeping an erection, and a decrease in sexual desire.

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction can be caused by a myriad of factors. Alcohol use, heart disease, blocked blood vessels, diabetes, anxiety, stress, obesity, depression, and sleep disorders are only a few of the many causes. Difficulty obtaining an erection during sexual intercourse can be considered normal if it occurs twenty percent or less of the time. If that number climbs to fifty percent, it would be beneficial to talk to our experts about Erectile Dysfunction.

What Are Other Risk Factors for Erectile Dysfunction?

Some medical conditions as outlined above can be considered risk factors for Erectile Dysfunction. Other risk factors include tobacco use, cancer treatments, injuries, and taking other medications.

Is Erectile Dysfunction Preventable?

Creating and living a healthy lifestyle is the prime way to prevent Erectile Dysfunction. When you take care of your body and your mind, you have fewer risk factors and environmental factors that can take their toll. In addition to living a healthy lifestyle, keeping up to date on all wellness and medical exams, exercising regularly, eating a variety of nutritious foods, and addressing any mental health concerns will also aid in preventing Erectile Dysfunction.

Radial Wave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction

-What Is Radial Wave Therapy for ED?

Radial Wave Therapy, or Energy Wave Therapy in other terms, is another method to help treat Erectile Dysfunction in men. It is a form of therapy that does not involve taking pills or having penile implants or any injections. Radial Wave Therapy uses sound waves to improve blood flow through the penis. The FDA has not approved this method of treatment, although it has shown to have positive results in helping to treat Erectile Dysfunction in the patients who use it.

-How Does It Work?

A doctor will use a radial wave wand device to deliver low-intensity energy sound waves to the shaft of the penis. During the treatment session, there are five points of contact with the wand to deliver the sound waves. Three on the top of the shaft and an additional two below the shaft. The sound waves pass through the skin and into the tissue to promote blood vessels to grow and increase blood flow, which will in turn increase erectile projections. This treatment is not a one time appointment option. Generally, Radial Wave Therapy is done over a period of six weeks at twenty minute increments for a total of six treatments.

-Are There Side Effects?

Since there is no pain associated with this treatment option, normal life can resume after the session. There are no proven adverse side effects as yet seen by research.

-Is There Recovery Time?

Since Radial Wave Therapy is a non-invasive procedure, there is no recovery time needed. Sexual life and activities can resume as normal as soon as possible.

How Long Does The Effects Last?

More research needs to be completed to know the average time that treatment effects last.

Focused Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction

-What is Shockwave Therapy for ED?

Shockwave Therapy is a treatment option for Erectile Dysfunction in men, and it has become popular in recent years. There are numerous studies that show a positive result. This form of therapy has been shown to work best with men who have Vasculogenic ED since this form affects the blood flow to the penis. 

-How Does It work?

Shockwave Therapy will use high energy sound waves to quicken tissue repair and boost cell growth. As a treatment for ED, Shockwave therapy helps to improve the blood flow to the penis and strengthens blood vessels in the process. For this procedure, you do not need any anesthesia. Your specialist will use a wand shaped device and place it on different areas of the penis alternating around 15 minutes each. The wand emits small pulsing vibrations that help trigger blood flow and boost tissue remodeling. There is currently no set protocol for recurring treatments. The most common treatment plan is two times a week for a period of three weeks, followed by no treatments for the next three weeks, and then repeating treatments twice a week for the next three weeks.

-Are There Side Effects?

Most research has shown no side effects after completing the procedure for men with ED. There is also shown to be no pain associated with the treatment that has been recorded. Since this is a relatively new procedure, there is a need for more extensive research to reveal any lasting effects from Shockwave Therapy for ED. This procedure is usually an out of pocket cost since insurance won’t offer coverage for it, but it is a worthwhile investment that helps men reclaim their confidence. 

-Is There Recovery Time?

Since previous research has shown there is no pain that would be experienced during the procedure, there is little to no recovery time. 

-How Long Does The Effects Last?

After full completion of the Shockwave Therapy, research has shown results to last up to one year.

Visit Genesys Men’s Health to Treat Your ED

At Genesys Men’s Health, we offer state-of-the-art treatment options for Erectile Dysfunction, such as Shock Wave Therapy. If you are experiencing symptoms that could be associated with Erectile Dysfunction, feel free to take our Erectile Dysfunction Self Test. You will answer a series of five questions and then submit your answers and get results. We are now accepting new patients and offering in-person office visits, as well as virtual visits via phone and video conferencing. You can visit our office in Sandy, Utah, or give us a call at (801)-671-7456. Contact us today with any questions you may have. 

Utah Men's Health Specialists
Genesys Men's Health Institute

7535 Union Park Ave (3rd Floor), Sandy/Midvale, Utah 84047

Phone: (844) CURE4ED