From penile problems to hemorrhoids and a lack of sex drive, Dr. Zoe answers your men’s health questions

MEN are notoriously bad at seeing their doctor — even when they know something is wrong.

You might intentionally postpone a doctor’s appointment out of embarrassment, thinking it’s better to just move on with the pain, or missing the signs that something serious is afoot.

dr Zoe Williams answers some common questions male readers send in for Men's Health Week


dr Zoe Williams answers some common questions male readers send in for Men’s Health WeekCredit: The Sun

And when it comes to mental health, men are significantly less likely to seek support than women.

So this Men’s Health Week, I’ve selected some common issues we’ve received via email from readers, as well as their partners and loved ones.

As always, no problem is too big or too small.

If you’re worried about something health related, send your email and let’s tackle it together. I’m here to help!

Q) In the last 18 months I have had problems with decreased sexual feelings.

It’s very hard to explain, but when I’m intimate I don’t seem to get the increased sexual pleasure that I used to have.

I am 43 and have high blood pressure for which I take medication.

Can it be because of that or is it because of my age? I’m physically fine when I’m having sex, but it feels very boring.

I’ve tried my local sexual health service but can’t get through on the phone and I’m too embarrassed to see a GP.

A) Thank you for reporting this issue.

Loss of libido, or sex drive, is a very common problem that affects many men (and women).

I’m sure many Sun Health readers will thank you for asking.

There are many possible causes: stress, anxiety, exhaustion, communication, or other relationship changes.

It can be caused by lower than normal testosterone levels or other physical health problems or side effects of medications.

It is definitely worth going to your family doctor, who understands and can fathom everything in more detail.

They will also check whether tests, such as a blood test to check your hormone levels, are warranted.

Q) I AM 77 and I have a problem with my penis. When erected, it becomes much thicker and does not increase in length.

The base is so much thicker and tapers towards the head.

That can be uncomfortable.

It’s like there’s a narrowing just below my glans. What’s happening?

A) Your description is consistent with Peyronie’s disease.

This condition causes the penis to curve when erect.

It’s not a dangerous problem in itself, but it can cause pain, difficulty having sex, and sometimes erectile dysfunction.

Symptoms include:

  • A thickened area or hard lump in the shaft of the penis.
  • A curvature of the penis when erect – it usually curves upwards.
  • A pain in the penis, usually during an erection.
  • The penis looks misshapen, like an hourglass.
  • Loss of length or girth of the penis.

Unfortunately, the cause has not been fully clarified.

The condition sometimes occurs after the penis has been injured while erect, e.g. B. when it is flexed during sex, but it can also develop without an obvious cause.

You should definitely see your GP who can refer you to a specialist as there are treatments available to help manage this condition.

Q) MY bumps have cleared up but there is excess skin hanging out. How can I solve the problem?

A) When blood vessels near the anus swell or enlarge, it can lead to hemorrhoids, often referred to as hemorrhoids.

The excess skin that produces a hemorrhoid sometimes becomes a skin tag.

Anal skin tags are not a health hazard, but they can occasionally cause irritation.

Skin tags can be removed surgically under local anaesthetic, but this is not generally funded by the NHS as it is seen as a cosmetic procedure which can be painful and is not medically necessary.

Therefore, these are usually left alone.

Q) I FEEL I’m losing my hearing, but I don’t want to tell work or my wife. What should I do?

A)The first step is simply a hearing test.

You can get a free trial at a number of opticians in the High Street.

You can even take a test online – just make sure you look for an accredited one.

The Royal National Institute For Deaf People ( has one.

I understand that coming to terms with a potential hearing loss can be daunting and even embarrassing.

One reason is that there is a lot of stigma and we associate things like hearing aids with age.

However, we are a generation of younger people who, due to lifelong exposure to extremely loud noises, such as

In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that 1.1 billion young people aged 12 to 35 are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings.

Please do not hesitate to have your hearing tested and if there is a problem it is important to get it fixed as soon as possible.

Untreated hearing loss has a range of negative health consequences, including its impact on mental health, relationships and even an increased risk of developing dementia.

Q) My father had early onset dementia. Is it through the male line? If yes, what are my risks of getting it?

A)About five percent of people with dementia – that’s one in 20 patients – develop symptoms before the age of 65.

This is classified as early onset dementia and in these cases it is more likely that the condition was caused by a single faulty gene passed from parent to child.

In general, the earlier a person develops dementia, the greater the likelihood that it is due to a faulty inherited gene.

In cases where the dementia is caused by a single faulty gene, genetic counseling should be offered to the patient’s children to help them decide to have their own genes tested.

Most forms of dementia are not inherited but are caused by an interaction between genetic and environmental factors such as diet, smoking and physical activity.

However, the biggest risk factor is age. One in 14 people over the age of 65 has dementia, and the disease affects one in six people over the age of 80.

If possible speak to the team of specialists taking care of your father as they can confirm if your father’s type is genetic and if so they can help you learn more about genetic counseling. From penile problems to hemorrhoids and a lack of sex drive, Dr. Zoe answers your men’s health questions

Sarah Y. Kim

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