In light of Men’s Health Week from the 15th until the 21st of June 2020, we’ve set up a Men’s Health portal so you can navigate the health system and know the facts about common health problems affecting men.
We know that men do access the doctor, but only when there’s a problem. What we’re trying to promote is early access to a doctor to ensure that bigger health problems don’t develop in the first place.
Whether it’s for erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, hormone replacement therapy, or anxiety or depression, there are services that can provide the support that you need.
M Clinic nurses can provide you referrals to GPs and specialists across Western Australia for whatever health problems you may have.
LinQ Medical is a GP service within the M Clinic premises. While the practice primarily provides PrEP prescriptions, all of our GPs are experts in men’s health. If you have a PrEP follow-up but something else has been on your mind, let one of our GPs know and they can address it for you.
Remember that you are not alone.
Talk to your doctor about your health. Know your family history as it can be a risk factor.
Having a good GP who you are comfortable to bring stuff up with means you are more likely to have health issues addressed earlier and as a result have better outcomes.
We’ve made a list of LGBTIQ+ friendly GPs in Western Australia, including GPs that are PrEP prescribers, HRT prescribers, HIV s100 and HepB s100 prescribers: Finding a GP
A bit of knowledge about your body goes a long way to help.
There are a number of factsheets about common health issues that affect people with male reproductive features, available on the Healthy Male website. Give them a read before you attend your GP so you know what to expect.
Sexual function changes as men age.
About half of men will experience prostate problems, one in five men over the age of 40 will experience erectile dysfunction.
No matter your age, there are lifestyle changes that may help. A work/life balance including regular exercise and a balanced diet may help. Taking time for relationships is also important because the cause of health problems isn’t always physical.
Understand the links.
Some reproductive health problems such as erectile problems can be a sign of more serious general health issues like heart disease, diabetes, anxiety and depression.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and getting on a mental health plan is easy, making you eligible to 10 subsidised psychologist appointments each year.
The key is finding a good psychologist that understands you. We have made a list of psychologists that have experience in sexual and/or HIV: Finding a Psychologist
A number of support groups and not-for-profits are available for whatever you’re going through. They can be found on the Healthy Male Australia website.