COVID and erectile dysfunction: Here's another good reason for men to get vaccinated

COVID and erectile dysfunction: Here's another good reason for men to get vaccinated As soon as doctors realized that the virus threatened the endovascular system, we wondered if COVID-19 infection could cause erectile dysfunction.

We need more studies to confirm it, but it looks like there is another important reason to get the COVID-19 vaccine — it could help prevent erectile dysfunction.

As soon as doctors realized that the virus threatened the endovascular system, we started wondering if C

Opinion: I'm a Mexican doctor and on the Day of the Dead, I’ll honour those lost to Covid-19

I received the call on a Saturday in June: “Del Rosario, tomorrow you switch to Covid-1 therapy”. It took me by surprise. I imagined the worst. I thought of all the images I’d seen of doctors and nurses around the world exhausted and caring for an overflow of patients and colleagues. I’ve been thinking about death nonstop since March.

Before March of 2020 I was working as a urologist in the Mexican Navy in the country's second-largest naval hospital, in Veracruz. Like most countries around the

Perspective | Childhood bed-wetting vs. pandemic: How parents can reduce episodes at home

Social distancing restrictions mean some parents and children are spending more time together as families. At the same time, we’re feeling the stressful demands of working from home while home-schooling kids and keeping up with household chores. As a urologist and parent of two very young children, I see this extra time at home and altered schedules as an opportunity to work with kids on bed-wetting. Even as states begin to open up, things still aren’t back to normal — we aren’t getting up early

Opinion: Here in Mexico, coronavirus is the least of our problems

While the international media has focused most of its coverage of Covid-19 on the global north and China, in the global south we are also are dealing with the first cases of the virus. But it’s not the first time people here in Mexico have been exposed to potentially lethal imported illnesses. During the conquest of Mexico between 1519 and 1521, Spanish troops brought smallpox with them to the Americas, killing over two million indigenous people. In 1918, the Spanish flu killed between 300,000 a

Perspective | Sometimes, my urology patients bring a companion with them to their office visit. Sometimes, that’s a mistake.

Sometimes it’s a good idea to bring a close friend or relative with you to a doctor’s appointment. They can provide support and another perspective. But not always. I’m a urologist, and I have discovered there are times when my patients have regretted bringing someone with them. Not everyone knows what urologists do, and many who know of the specialty think that we treat only men. But urologists see men and women for a variety of conditions that deal with the urinary tract, kidney health and the

Why Every Man Approaching 50 Needs to Get His Prostate Tested

Around the world, many countries observe Prostate Cancer Awareness Month every September. Unlike other cancers, there’s a great need for countries and healthcare organizations to raise awareness of this disease.

It’s a condition rarely talked about among families and friends. The stigma and fear of rectal exams keeps many men who need to be checked avoiding the urologist’s office at all costs.

Many readers might be thinking to themselves, “I don’t need to know about this. I’m relatively young

Frequent urination at night is more common as we age

We know that aging can affect us physically in a variety of ways — arthritis, neuropathy, joint pain, hair loss among them — but one condition is less discussed, perhaps because it involves the potentially embarrassing subject of urination. Not only may you have to urinate frequently, sometimes you don’t have a lot of time to make it to the bathroom before an accident.

In my private practice as a urologist, I recently saw a 64-year-old patient who I’ve been treating for several years for recurr

Opinion: As a Mexican doctor, I think I know how to save the US healthcare system

It’s old news that accessing healthcare in the US is a problem for millions of Americans — even Trump has campaigned on making healthcare more affordable.

During last night’s Democratic debates, only two candidates said they would get rid of private health insurance to lessen the US’s healthcare inequality gap: Senator Elizabeth Warren and New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio. Such a complex and pressing issue would have benefited from more time for debate.

Like many of the Democratic candidates

Doctors say summer is kidney stone season. Here’s why.

With temperatures heating up, thoughts turn to beach days, cooling drinks and much-awaited vacations. For urologists, however, the coming of summer signals something else: kidney stones. It’s true: Kidney stones have been associated with warmer weather in the United States and worldwide. And kidney stone season may be getting even longer with the effects of climate change and global warming — especially in already warm climates. This is caused, at least in part, from dehydration due to increased

Should I Circumcise My Child? A Urologist Responds

How we see the world shapes who we choose to be — and sharing compelling experiences can frame the way we treat each other, for the better. This is a powerful perspective. When soon-to-be parents find out they’re having a boy, they don’t usually run to a urologist for advice about whether or not to circumcise their child. In my experience, most parents’ first point of contact on the topic is their pediatrician. That said, while a pediatrician can help shed light on the subject of circumcision, i