Male Reproductive System

Prostate Glands

Researchers do not know all of the functions of the prostate gland. However, it is known that the prostate gland plays an important role in both sexual function and urinary function. Read About Benign Prostate Problems ›

Cryotherapy for Prostate Conditions

(Also known as: Cryosurgery and Cryoablation)

Cryotherapy is a procedure that involves killing cancer cells by freezing them and surrounding them with ice crystals. Tiny needles are placed directly into the tumor then argon gases are passed through the needles and exchanged with helium gases. This causes a freezing and warming cycle. A urethral warming catheter keeps the urethra warm throughout the procedure to prevent the urethra from freezing. For prostate treatment, the needles are often inserted using transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) guided technology.

The prostate gland is about the size of a walnut and surrounds the neck of a man's bladder and urethra—the tube that carries urine from the bladder. It's partly muscular and partly glandular, with ducts opening into the prostatic portion of the urethra. It's made up of three lobes, a center lobe with one lobe on each side.

How Cryotherapy Treatment Works

What Causes Hair Loss?

Losing your hair can be a frustrating process, especially because you often have little control over it. In fact, your genes are the most likely cause of gradual hair loss. Hereditary hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia, affects about 50 million men and 30 million women in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

You have about 120,000 hairs on your scalp. You lose up to 100 hairs each day through the normal process of hair growth and replacement. Normal hair growth depends on a good blood supply to the hair and your overall good health.

Sudden hair loss, however, can be a sign of a serious disease or a side effect of medications. See your doctor about:

Causes of Hair Loss

Prevention of Male Reproductive System Problems

The leading causes of death for American men are heart disease and cancer—two diseases that can largely be prevented by adopting a few essential healthy habits, the CDC says. Not using tobacco, exercising regularly, maintaining your weight, moderation in drinking, and getting routine medical exams and screenings are ways you can reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. For Men Only: 8 Essentials For Better Health ›

Prepare for Your Appointment

Doctor visits on average last 13 minutes. Make the most of your time with your doctor with pre-visit planning. Your doctor will appreciate the active role you are taking in your health. Follow the ABCs of doctor visits: Arrive early. Be prepared. Communicate. Search HealthGrades for Top Rated Local Proctologists ›

Decision Guides for Symptoms Concerning Male Reproductive System

It's estimated that 1.5 to five percent of men under age 65 experience problems with urine control. After age 65 this number increases to between 15 and 30 percent, and up to half of people in nursing homes lose control of their bladder for some or all of the time. Problems with the bladder and prostate gland are probably the most common reasons for loss of bladder control, but in many men the cause lies outside of the urinary tract. For example, severe constipation and certain medications can reduce bladder control. Evaluate the Cause of Your Loss of Control ›

Your Guide to Male Reproductive System