An important part of Men's Health is really working with other providers in the community. One of the most important providers would be our Primary Care physicians, just because they're really at the center of everything. They're at the crossroads...
Family Practice/Internal Medicine is usually the first line of contact for examinations identifying comorbidities-at the center of a patient’s health management. This is where medical history is gathered and physical examinations are performed, including first-line diagnostic tests. These diagnostic tests usually include a fasting serum glucose level and lipid panel as well as basic metabolic tests to evaluate kidney and liver function. Sometimes additional hormone testing is performed such as a thyroid-stimulating hormone test and morning testosterone level. Erectile dysfunction (ED) may result from organic causes (vascular, neurogenic, hormonal, drug induced), psychologic causes (chronic stress/anxiety, depression), or a combination of these factors.
A Primary Care physician will often encounter a wide range of conditions and factors that can impact the risk of ED, including:
- Advancing age
- Cardiovascular disease
- Pelvic irritation or surgery
- Hormonal disorders (hypogonadism, hypothyroidism)
- Substance abuse (cocaine, methamphetamine)
- Medications (antihistamines, benzodiazepines, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)
- Neurologic conditions (Alzheimer disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, paraplegia, quadriplegia, stroke)
- Peyronie’s disease
- Psychological conditions (anxiety, depression, guilt, stress)
We are seeking mutual referrals with family practices and internal medicine practices that have not established a comprehensive men’s sexual health platform and would benefit from providing more detailed sexual health evaluation and treatment for their patients suffering from ED.