It turns out, men and women view healthcare very differently. Women tend to be more preventative and men tend to be more reactive. In other words, women see the doctor to make sure they’re OK; men see the doctor when bones are sticking out of their skin. Women are indoctrinated into the healthcare system when they turn 18 and present for their first annual exam. Men don’t get an annual exam until they turn 50 because that’s when most health organizations recommend they get screened for colon and prostate cancer.
Diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and low testosterone to name a few. If a man doesn’t see a doctor before he hits 50, there may be irreversible damage that can shorten his life. The things that kill men like diabetes and high blood pressure, don’t always have early symptoms that would prompt a man to go to the doctor. Further, we are brought up in a culture that encourages men to “walk it off” and play through the pain. What’s a little chest pain going to do to me anyway?
Mostly, we turn to general physicians to fix problems ranging from respiratory infections to orthopedic issues to sexual dysfunction. While that’s usually a good idea and good starting point, men may not have time to first see a general physician just to wait for a referral to a specialist and then have to come back for another visit. Imagine calling a center and talking with a skilled health care provider who can tell you which physician you would see for your given problem. That’s the beauty of a men’s health center. You know that you will be seen by a physician who specializes in whatever ailment you have. Or maybe you want to make sure you’re doing everything right. You can come in and get a check up that follows national guidelines for men’s health so that you’re up to date on all of your health screening check points. When something comes up, you can return to the Center and see the specialist you need.
Sterile, bland, filled with magazines that don’t hold any interest to the average guy. Most doctors’ offices don’t make men feel as if the office is set up for them. That can be a barrier to men communicating with their doctor. Imagine instead, a more masculine waiting room filled with car and sports magazines and designed to be a comfortable place where men can talk and open up to better let the doctor treat them. That’s the vision behind the Men’s Clinic. Not only are our healthcare providers trained specialists in men’s health, our entire office staff has been trained to treat men with the utmost discretion and professionalism to make men feel welcome, at ease and happy to seek treatment for their men’s health issues.
The Men’s Clinic is proud to be a part of that tradition and actively change the way men interact with the healthcare system and their doctors. One thing you’ll notice at the Men’s Clinic that might be different is how much your physicians will ask of you. Good medicine and healthcare happen more out of the office than in the office. Dr. Mills will often say what he does in that office visit is only a fraction of what needs to be done. It is essential for men to be invested in their care, not just expect the doctor to provide a pill or a surgery to make them better. Most of the health issues that men deal with from high blood pressure to diabetes to high cholesterol, can be solved with lifestyle modification. The Men’s Clinic doctors will help figure out what lifestyle factors you need to change and implement a plan that you can follow so your results, whether it’s weight loss, fitness or sexual performance, will be dramatically better.
Call today for an appointment with a Men’s Clinic specialist. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call the UCLA Urology Appointment line at (310) 794-7700.