Birth Control Options for Men
Women are not the only ones with birth control options; men also have options when it comes to pregnancy prevention. Click on the below link for more information about birth control options for men.
STI Testing for Men
University Health Service offers testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for men. For students who have paid the health fee, testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea, two common STIs, is free. If you have symptoms, you should schedule an appointment to speak with a clinician for testing. If you are not having symptoms, but would like to be tested, you may schedule an appointment with a health nurse, who will administer the test. At University Health Service, men can be tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis at no charge if you have the health fee. For men who are interested in HIV testing, there is a charge for this test.
To schedule an appointment for STI testing, call 859-323-2778 (APPT).
For more information about sexually transmitted infections, click here: STI Information
Testicular Self Examinations
Testicular cancer affects the testicles in men, which produce sperm and hormones. Cancer develops when abnormal cells begin to grow out of control. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men ages 20-34; most cases are diagnosed in men ages 15-39. A man's risk for testicular cancer may increase if he has a family history of the disease, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in his other testicle, or if he had an undescended testicle as a child.
The typical treatment for testicular cancer is surgical removal of one or both testicles, depending on the extent of the cancer. Sometimes chemotherapy and/or radiation may be recommended; again, this depends on the extent of the cancer. As long as a man has one remaining testicle, he should not experience any sexual side effects.
Some men may worry about their appearance following the removal of a testicle; other options, including prosthesis, are available. Some cancer treatments may affect a man's fertility, either temporarily or permanently (for example, the removal of both testicles can impact a man's ability to produce sperm). Men should speak to their health care providers prior to treatment to select a method that will be less likely to affect long-term fertility. It is also possible for a man to store sperm for future use if his fertility will be affected.
Testicular cancer is usually curable, as long as it is caught and treated early. Men should have a yearly testicular examination as part of their regular check-up with a health care provider. It is also important for men to perform testicular sex examinations (TSE) to feel for any changes to their testicles. This will allow men to become familiar with the usual look and feel of their testicles, enabling them to report any potential changes to their health care provider. Click on this link to learn how to perform a TSE.
Information adapted from Planned Parenthood's Testicular Cancer page.
Urinary Tract Infection
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection found anywhere in the urinary tract, which are the organs that collect and store urine and release it from the body. These organs include the urethra, kidneys, bladder, and prostate (in men). A UTI is caused by bacteria that enter the urethra, which is the opening of the urinary tract. Often times, the body removes the bacteria and a person has no symptoms. At other times, a person may be prone to infection, in which case they may be diagnosed with a UTI. UTIs are more common in women, although men can also be diagnosed with this type of infection.
Symptoms of a UTI include:
- Pain during urination
- An urge to urinate even though the bladder is empty
- Feeling the urge to urinate all the time
- Lower abdominal or back pain
- Blood in urine
If a person thinks they may have a UTI, it is important to see a clinician. A health care provider will perform tests (usually a urine test) to screen for a UTI. If it is determined that a person has a UTI, a health care provider will prescribe an antibiotic to remove the bacteria from the urinary tract. It is possible for people to be diagnosed with more than one UTI in their lifetime. In fact, some people have them frequently. Men often have repeat infections. If you experience frequent UTIs, it is important to speak to your health care provider for more information as to what may be causing these infections.
It may be possible to prevent UTIs. The following suggestions may help with UTI prevention:
- Drink plenty of water. Six to eight glasses is recommended.
- Drink cranberry juice or take vitamin C. Both help increase the acid in the urethra, which may kill bacteria.
- Urinate frequently and whenever you feel the urge. Do not hold in your urine.
- Wipe front to back after using the bathroom.
- Urinate after sex. Sexual activity may force bacteria into the urethra; this is especially true for women.
- Wear cotton underwear and loose fitting clothing. Clothing that is too tight can trap bacteria.
For more information about UTIs, please click on the following links: