Men's Health Specialist

Laurie Thomas, MD -  - Family Physician

Laurie Thomas, MD

Family Physician located in TUCSON, AZ

Men’s health issues are often ones that are hard to be open about, so you need to talk to someone you can trust. Laurie Thomas, MD, of Tucson, Arizona, is an experienced family practitioner who’s been helping men with common problems like erectile dysfunction and prostate problems for more than 25 years. Dr. Thomas provides compassionate, confidential service. Find out more by calling Dr. Thomas today or book an appointment online.

Men's Heath Q & A

What are men’s health problems? 

Some common types of men’s health problems are:

Low testosterone

Testosterone is the male sex hormone that gives you all your male sexual characteristics and plays a vital role in reproduction. If you don’t have sufficient testosterone in your body, you might experience distressing symptoms such as:

  • Loss of libido
  • Depression
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of muscle mass

Prostate problems

The prostate gland produces semen that mixes with your sperm when you ejaculate. Prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) is a common problem that can cause urinary urgency and discomfort. 

The prostate gland is a walnut-sized in younger men but gradually increases in size as you get older, increasing the pressure it puts on the bladder and urethra.

These two conditions can also cause erectile dysfunction.

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (impotence) is a problem that means you can’t get or keep an erection when you want to have sex. While the odd instance of having erection problems isn’t usually anything to worry about, if it’s happening regularly, you should visit Dr. Thomas for help.

The causes of erectile dysfunction are usually treatable, but there are many possible reasons why you might be experiencing this problem. Dr. Thomas can diagnose the cause of your erectile dysfunction, and from there, prescribe the most appropriate treatment.

What kinds of cancer are men’s health problems?

Cancers that are men’s health problems include:

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is a leading disease in men, second only to skin cancer in the number of men it affects. Most prostate cancers develop relatively slowly, but there are more aggressive types that progress far more quickly. 

Prostate cancer is highly treatable if found early enough. You can undergo a simple screening for prostate cancer with Dr. Thomas. This is especially important if you’re over 40 and have a family history of the disease. All men over 50 should undergo a regular prostate exam.

Testicular cancer

Testicular cancer is far less common than prostate cancer, but it’s easy to detect with a simple exam of your testicles. It’s a good idea to get into the habit of checking your testicles for any changes or lumps and have Dr. Thomas check your testicles annually from around the age of 20.

To keep yourself healthy and prevent men’s health problems, book yourself a check-up with Dr. Thomas. You should also see her if you have any symptoms of sexual health problems, and for help with contraception and fertility advice. Call Dr. Thomas today or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.