Everyone knows that a specialist responsible for women’s sexual health is called a gynecologist. But when it comes to men’s health, everything is not so simple. Men encountering problems in sexual sphere often don’t know what specialist they should visit – an urologist, an andrologist, or may be a sexologist? So, let’s try to define what the reasons for visiting these specialists are, and what the difference between their specializations is.
Such medical branch as urology is familiar to most men, and an urologist is a specialist that any man has to visit from time to time. This specialist deals with the urinary system of both men and women as well as with the male reproductive system. It means that he does not specialize purely in treating sexual problems of men. The main area of expertise of an urologist includes the urinary tract including kidneys, urinary bladder, prostatic gland and men’s genital organs. In other words, he is a broad specialist. For example, a man can apply for an urologist if he has any problems with urination (e.g burning or pain during urination), acute or chronic prostatitis, sexually transmitted infections, erectile dysfunction and a lot of other conditions associated with men’s urogenital system. As you see, an urologist is quite a broad specialist. Among other things, he has the right to conduct surgical operations of certain organs and system. And if you need free Viagra pills, you can as well apply go to an urologist for the prescription.
A narrower specialist is an andrologist. Andrology is not a separate branch of medical science, it is a specialization within urology. An andrologist is a purely men’s specialist, treating a broad range of male health issues, including the following:
• men’s infertility of different nature;
• sexual dysfunctions including erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, an inability of experiencing orgasm and some others;
• cosmetic defects of men’s genitals;
• sexually transmitted infections in men;
• small surgical operations on genitals, such as genital mutilation;
• other men’s problems including obesity.
Unlike an urologist, an andrologist can treat only men. He can treat all the organs of men’s reproductive system, but he cannot conduct operations on the bladder or kidneys. So he is a narrower specialist.
Sometimes the cause of men’s sexual disorders lies in the mental sphere. For example, erectile dysfunction can be caused by psychological problems, fatigue, stresses, relations problems or just incompatibility of sexual partners. In this case, a man can need a consultation of a sexologist. This specialist doesn’t treat infections or inner organs disorders, but he can give recommendations for improving sexual life and libido. He can consult both men and women as well as work with a couple.
Finally, sometimes men’s health disorders (not only ED, but hair loss, for example) can be caused by hormone imbalance. For example, problems with potency and libido can be associated with low testosterone level. In this case, a man needs to visit an endocrinologist.