Men’s health services in Salt Lake City, Utah
Our men’s health center in Salt Lake City, UT is comprised of some of St. Mark’s Hospital’s most notable healthcare providers.
To schedule a men’s health appointment or a health screening, please call (844) 208-9617.
St. Mark’s hospital offers a unique approach to men’s health. Here, you’ll gain a team of providers in a variety of specialties that work together to create a health plan to keep you looking and feeling your best. Should health issues arise, there is no need to worry.
Men’s health conditions we treat
Our men’s health experts come with years of experience treating a variety of ailments and offering unparalleled care and options for you during examinations and treatment.
Dr. Peter Fisher - Urology Robotics
Dr. Peter Fisher - Urethral Reconstruction
Men’s health conditions we treat include, but aren’t limited to:
Male infertility is a man’s inability to conceive after a year of regular, unprotected sex. Men may be infertile due to:
- Not producing enough sperm cells
- Producing poor quality sperm cells
- Having chronic issues with ejaculation
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Causes of infertility in men
Some brain and reproductive organ issues can cause male infertility. However, it’s possible the cause of your infertility may due to:
- Exposure to workplace chemicals or heavy metals, such as lead and cadmium
- Tobacco use and marijuana use
- Varicoceles, which are enlarged veins within the scrotum
- Chronic diseases, such as sickle cell anemia
- Genetic diseases, such as Klinefelter syndrome and Sertoli-Leydig cell syndrome
- Excessive physical activity
- Anti-sperm antibodies
- Abnormal hormone levels
- Physical abnormalities
The following factors may increase your risk of developing infertility:
- Brain tumors, pituitary tumors
- Radiation treatment
- Past infections, including sexually transmitted diseases(STDs), mumps and prostatitis
- Overheating of the testicles
- Cystic fibrosis
- Birth defects of the male reproductive system, including history of undescended testicles
- Liver disease
- Nicotine use, long-term marijuana or cocaine use, steroid use, opiate use and certain prescription drug use
- Exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES) in the womb
- Multiple sclerosis
- Kartagener syndrome
Male infertility treatment in Salt Lake City, Utah
To diagnose you with infertility, a men’s health provider at St. Mark’s may perform a blood test, semen analysis, biopsy, X-ray, fertilization test or a special test to determine if your sperm is compatible with the mucus in your partner’s cervix.
There are several treatment options for male infertility. Your St. Mark’s men’s health provider may suggest:
- Changing your lifestyle habits
- Changing the timing of sex
- Surgery to treat a varicocele
- Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) to help you and your partner conceive. ART methods include, but aren’t limited to In vitro fertilization (IVF) and artificial insemination.
Impotence is the inability to attain or maintain an erection of the penis that is firm enough for sexual intercourse.
For a penis to reach erection, one blood vessel must open to let blood into the penis, and another blood vessel squeezes down so the blood remains in the penis. Nerve signals initiate these changes in the blood vessels.
Often, erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when there’s an issue with the nerve or blood vessels in the penis, such as:
- Venous leak: The blood vessels that hold the blood in the penis may be weakened or damaged, allowing blood to escape the penis.
- Neurovascular function: Nerve dysfunction can cause impotence, and there could be a number of things leading to nerve dysfunction. Diabetes, hardening of your arteries and spinal cord injuries affect your nervous system.
Lifestyle habits can also cause a man to become impotent. Discuss your diet, drug and alcohol use, medications and any personal trauma with your healthcare provider.
There are several treatment options for impotence. Your St. Mark’s men’s health provider may suggest:
- Vascular surgery to repair blood vessel leaks
- Penile implants, which can be inflated to simulate an erection
- Sex therapy to work through relationship issues, depression, anxiety, etc.
- Hand-pump vacuum devices that pull air into the penis to initiate an erection
- Changing your diet and/or lifestyle habits
A vasectomy is a procedure that blocks the tubes (called the vas deferens) that allow sperm to pass from the testes to the penis. This surgery is a form of male birth control and is performed to make men sterile. There is an option to perform a reverse vasectomy, however, vasectomy reversal isn’t always successful.
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Possible complications with vasectomy
Your doctor will discuss potential vasectomy complications, such as:
- Chronic pain in and around the testes
- Sperm granuloma, which are lumps due to immune system response to sperm leaking from the reproductive organs
- Ability to still make a woman pregnant
Smoking, local infections and bleeding disorders are factors that may increase your risk of complications.
How a vasectomy works
Local anesthesia will be administrated to numb the area. The procedure takes between 20 and 30 minutes. There are three techniques to perform a vasectomy:
- Conventional vasectomy: One small cut will be made in the skin on each side of the scrotum. The vas deferens will be pulled through the openings. The tubes will then be cut. A small piece of the tubes may also be removed. The ends of the tube will be sealed off with stitches, clips or an electrical pulse. The vas deferens will then be placed back into the scrotum. The incision will be closed with stitches.
- No-scalpel vasectomy: The doctor will locate the vas deferens under the scrotal skin. A clamp will be attached to hold it in place. A special tool will be used to punch a small hole in the skin. The hole will be stretched open to pull the vas deferens through. The tubes will then be cut and sealed as above. The holes will heal without stitches.
- Vas clip vasectomy: The vas deferens will be exposed in either of the two manners above. Special clips will be placed around each vas deferens and cinched in place. The clips will block the flow of sperm beyond the position of the clip.
You may not be sterile immediately following your vasectomy, but semen samples can be tested to ensure the vasectomy was effective. Call your doctor if you experience signs of infection, swelling, excessive bleeding, difficulty urinating or excessive pain.
Additional men’s health services at St. Mark’s Hospital
Men’s health concerns are likely to shift, or even become more specific, as men get older. However, our comprehensive men’s health team in Salt Lake City, Utah has you covered. In addition to addressing general men’s health care concerns, our men’s health departments offers skilled specialists in the following areas:
- Behavioral health
- General surgery
- Internal medicine
- Weight loss services
To make an appointment within our men’s health center, please call (844) 208-9617.