Sexual Medicine is an Important Component of Men’s Health
From our perspective, sexual health is never isolated from a man’s overall health. We believe that a healthy sex life reflects better general health. We understand the links between sexual health and comorbidities such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. “Understanding the interconnection between sexual health and these other conditions, we are committed to two-way referrals, working with primary care providers and specialists who can benefit other important aspects of our patients’ health,” says Dr. Billups.
Making men feel comfortable about sharing very personal information about their sex lives is something we take great pride in. When we see a new patient, we take the time to do a comprehensive evaluation and refer him to appropriate specialists to treat symptoms for underlying conditions. Communication, cooperation, and collaboration with primary care providers and other specialists are all key to our vision for achieving the best outcomes for our patients.
We take a multi-disciplined approach to Sexual Medicine with a team that includes a Urologist, Physician’s Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Medical Assistant, Lab Technician, and a Nutritionist. We work with other professionals who can help our patients on their journey to more fulfilling sex lives, including Sex Counselors/Therapists and Personal Trainers. To help our patients achieve the best possible health outcomes, we’re committed to two-way referrals with other like-minded healthcare professionals.
Looking at the total picture to evaluate a patient’s sexual health
At The Billups Center, our evaluations include a comprehensive history form and multiple condition-specific questionnaires. We consider all the factors that can impact a patient’s sexual health from his medical and surgical history to learning about his sexual history, family health history, a complete list of medications and supplements, as well as lifestyle habits for diet and exercise. We do a complete physical examination, blood tests, and a thorough evaluation of the genitourinary (GU) system. Possible drug-to-drug interactions are carefully considered before prescribing any medications.
We don’t take a “quick fix” approach to Sexual Medicine-and typically begin a treatment plan with nutrition and exercise recommendations-working with patients to engage them in steps to improve their diet and level of physical activity. Each patient is assessed and treated as a true individual.
For treating ED, we realize that pills are not an optimal treatment option for a sizable percentage of our patients. These unsatisfactory results with pills can be due to a variety of reasons, including inappropriate or ineffective response to the medications; drug-to-drug interactions or contraindications related to treatment for comorbidities; significant side effects, such as headaches, indigestion, nasal congestion, flushing, or increased heart rate that prohibit use. In addition, some men are seeking natural, non-pharmacologic treatment options. If a patient’s evaluation indicates symptoms of comorbidities, we refer them to appropriate specialists and stay in close communication with their specialists. We develop an effective, individual, treatment plan for each patient that may include lifestyle changes alone or in combination with medication, or surgery when indicated.
What Is Sexual Medicine?
Sexual Medicine or Sexual Health is a specialty now. And there are certain areas, certain conditions that we specialize in, in treatment. The major one is Erectile Dysfunction, and I’ve talked a lot about that, otherwise known as ED. Low testosterone, or really the…