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For men experiencing problems with urination, erectile dysfunction, incontinence, infertility or other prostate or genitourinary problems, help can be found within the Center for Male Urology.

The Department of Urology at UCLA is one of the oldest, most progressive and comprehensive urology programs in the country. Faculty members within the UCLA Department of Urology have been on the forefront of developing new treatments and cures for male urological problems for over half a century. These include:

  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate that affects at least 50 percent of American males over the age of 50. BPH is often associated with lower urinary tract symptoms such as frequency, straining to urinate, and a feeling of incomplete emptying. UCLA Urology offers the latest in medical treatment for BPH. However, for men who fail to improve to their desired degree with medicines, newer technologies have made the surgical treatment of BPH a short outpatient procedure with lower risks than seen in past years.  These technologies include plasma kinetic vaporization and laser vaporization ("Greenlight").
     

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  • Male Infertility, defined as the failure of a couple to conceive within one year of intercourse without contraception. About half of all cases of infertility are due to factors in the male, such as problems with sperm production, blockages of the vessels that deliver sperm, hormonal disorders, and problems within the testicle itself. Specialists at UCLA utilize the new methods of testing and treatment for issues affecting sperm quality and quantity. Learn more about Male Infertility »
  • Testosterone Deficiency, also known as hypogonadism, signifies that a man is not producing enough of the male sex hormone. The deficiency can be present at birth or its onset can occur later in life, often as a result of a disease or injury. The complications from not producing enough of the male sex hormone differ depending on the stage of life. Learn more about Testosterone Deficiency »
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED), defined as the inability for a man to achieve and maintain penile erection for satisfactory sexual activity. About 10 percent of all men will experience difficulty in attaining or maintaining an erection at some point in their lives. Jacob Rajfer, M.D. was actively involved in the research that led to the development of Viagra, which was related to his research on the role of nitric oxide in getting and maintaining an erection. Urologists at UCLA continue to be at the forefront of developing new tests and treatments for ED. Learn more about ED »
  • Elective Male Sterilization (Vasectomy), a minor outpatient surgical procedure to make a man sterile by closing off the tubes that deliver sperm from the testes to become part of the semen. It is one of the most popular forms of birth control, sought by more than 500,000 men per year in the United States. Learn more about Elective Male Sterilization »
  •  Peyronie’s Disease, a disorder in which a benign fibrous layer of scar tissue (plaque) develops under the skin in the upper or lower part of the penis, affecting the erectile tissue. This inflammation of what is known as the tunica albuginea tends to result in a bent or curved penis during erection that can cause pain and lead to difficulties during sexual intercourse. Beyond the pain it can cause, Peyronie’s disease often affects intimacy in relationships and can have a psychological impact on the man. In the most severe cases it is treated with surgery; in many more mild cases, the symptoms will improve without any treatment. Learn more about Peyronie’s Disease »
  • Prostatitis, an infection or inflammation of the prostate, is the most common urologic problem in men younger than 50, responsible for more than 2 million patient visits per year in the United States. It can cause painful urination and ejaculation, and is often confused with other urinary tract infections. Although it can be associated with rising prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, it has no relationship to cancer. Learn more about Prostatitis »
  • Vasovasostomy is the reversal of a vasectomy, reconnecting the tubes that were cut during the vasectomy.

Nationally Acknowledged Excellence

The Prostate Cancer Program at UCLA is a nationally acknowledged center of excellence as designated by the National Cancer Institute, which awarded it the Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) designation in 2002.

The state of California has acknowledged UCLA’s leadership in the fight against prostate cancer by awarding the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UCLA Department of Urology a total of $88.5 million to date to administer Improving Access, Counseling & Treatment for Californians with Prostate Cancer (IMPACT), a statewide prostate cancer awareness and treatment program targeting uninsured and underinsured men throughout the state. Dr. Mark S. Litwin, UCLA Urology Chair, created and directs the program along with UCLA Urology faculty members James Orecklin, MD, MPH, and William Aronson, MD.

Innovative Research

UCLA urologists have developed less invasive treatments for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate. Research conducted by some of our noted faculty members helped lead to the development of Viagra, the most advanced treatment to date for erectile dysfunction. For more research information »

A Tradition of Distinction

From the simplest conditions to the most complex, so acclaimed are our urology programs that for the 14th year in a row, U.S. News & World Reports has ranked the UCLA Department of Urology within the top five in the nation, and #1 on the West Coast for urology care.

To find a UCLA urologist specializing in Male Urology, visit our Physicians page »

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