If you’re like most men, you may skip going to the doctor if you’re feeling well or put it off as long as possible when you aren’t. Karen Reid-Renner, MD, at Southern Indiana Family Practice Center and Rejuv Spa in Bloomington, Indiana, is a family medicine physician who specializes in the medical management of men’s health. In addition to providing well-rounded care to help you stay well, Dr. Reid-Renner also provides expert care for erectile dysfunction (ED), andropause, conditions that affect prostate health, and weight loss. Call today, or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.
Do I need an annual physical?
Yes, you need an annual physical to track your health. Although you may be feeling well, many health issues that affect men, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, develop without signs or symptoms.
Dr. Reid-Renner takes a holistic approach to medical care and conducts a thorough examination when you come in for your annual visit. In addition to a physical exam, she also provides specific health screenings to assess prostate health. She also takes the time needed to discuss your health and provides education on steps you can take now to prevent chronic health conditions in the future.
In addition to helping you stay on top of your health, your annual visit with Dr. Reid-Renner also helps improve your patient-doctor relationship for better overall care and satisfaction.
What is andropause?
Like women, hormone levels decrease in men as they get older. Dr. Reid-Renner refers to the decrease in men’s hormone levels as andropause. Common symptoms of andropause include:
- Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
- Low sex drive
If your hormone levels are low, Dr. Reid-Renner offers bioidentical hormone pellet therapy to help restore balance. The pellets are custom made for you based on your symptoms and hormone levels to optimize balance and health as well as to relieve your symptoms.
What can I expect from a weight-loss plan?
You aren’t alone if you’re struggling to lose weight. More than 73% of men in Indiana are overweight or obese. Carrying too much weight increases your risk of chronic disease, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart diseases. Dr. Reid-Renner can help you lose weight by creating an individualized plan that meets your lifestyle and health needs.
A hormonal imbalance can lead to weight gain or make weight loss difficult, and Dr. Reid-Renner may recommend bioidentical hormone therapy to help in your weight-loss efforts if your testosterone levels are low.
How do I know if I have ED?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common problem for many men. If you’re having a difficult time getting or sustaining an erection for sexual intercourse, you may have ED. Dr. Reid-Renner can conduct a thorough examination to provide a diagnosis.
You may develop ED if there’s a reduction in blood flow to the penis or the nerve endings have been damaged. ED may also be an early sign of an underlying health issue such as atherosclerosis or diabetes. Stress can also lead to ED.
Dr. Reid-Renner takes a holistic approach to medical care and looks for the root cause of your ED so you get the most effective treatment.
What conditions affect prostate health?
Your prostate is a small gland located near your bladder that secretes a fluid that protects your semen. Common conditions that affect the health of your prostate include:
Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland most often caused by a bacterial infection.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
BPH refers to an enlarged prostate that often develops in men as they get older and which may affect urination.
If you have health concerns about your prostate, Dr. Reid-Renner can conduct an evaluation and get you the right treatment.