What is andrology?
Andrology is a medical specialty which deals with the male reproductive system and urological problems found only in men. Andrology is the direct equivalent of gynaecology, but unlike gynaecology it is not widely recognised as its own distinct specialty. Andrology has been studied only since the late end of the 1960s.
What conditions does an andrologist treat?
Andrologists are largely urologists, or endocrinologists in some circumstances, at least in the UK. However, depending on the condition or procedure, a patient may see other types of specialists, including surgeons, or psychiatrists. Andrology covers a wide number of conditions and functions, including male fertility, penile problems, and genitourinary disorders. Specialists in andrology may deal with procedures such as vasectomy, prostatectomy, and circumcision.
When should you see an andrologist?
Specialists in andrology deal with all male health problems, especially problems in the genitourinary system/reproductive system. Therefore, any medical problem which is unique to men and experienced uniquely in the male body can be dealt with by a specialist in urology. Some of the conditions an andrologist is able to treat include:
- Prostate cancer
- Penile cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Erectile dysfunction
- Testicular tortion
- Premature ejaculation