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Is a Curved Penis Always a Sign of Peyronie's Disease? Jun 1st, 2022

Men who have had a slight curvature of the penis their entire lives don’t have Peyronie’s disease. Peyronie’s disease develops over the years or may seem to appear overnight. Impacting 10 percent of men, primarily those over age 40, it causes an abnormal curvature of the penis during an erection and...

The Link Between Obesity and Erectile Dysfunction May 3rd, 2022

The prevalence of obesity in the United States is eye-opening — more than 42% of adults over the age of 20 are considered to have obesity. Now, let’s look at another surprising statistic — the prevalence of erectile dysfunction among men in the US is about 52%. Given these numbers,...

What Every Man Should Know About Prostate Health Apr 1st, 2022

Most men don’t like going to the doctor, and even fewer feel comfortable talking about their sexual health and reproductive systems. We get it. At Gulf Coast Urology in Houston and Nassau Bay, Texas, we understand men — not just their bodies, but their hesitancy to seek medical care.  Some feel that...

I'm Worried Because My Urine Smells Strong Feb 1st, 2022

Urine, which is about 95% water, is normally odorless and nearly clear with just a hint of yellow. However, certain medications, an infection, or even the time of day can cause your urine to darken significantly and smell stronger than normal. The team at Gulf Coast Urology, led by board-certified...

Reasons to Consider an Adult Circumcision Jan 1st, 2022

The number of newborns who are circumcised changes each year and varies significantly across the United States. Though the national rate is reported to be 60%, the number varies from 12% to 87%, depending on the state.  In other words, if you’re a man, there’s a decent chance you were...

How Diabetes Can Affect Your Sex Life Dec 1st, 2021

Diabetes results from an excess of sugar in the blood. While its two main types cause high blood sugar through different mechanisms, the health toll from uncontrolled blood glucose is similar for each.  Many of these health effects can impact the sex lives of those involved. The reasons are many,...

Is a Vasectomy Permanent? Nov 1st, 2021

About 50 million American men have had vasectomies, and each year, another half million men join them. Vasectomy is a very effective form of birth control — in fact, it’s more effective than nearly every other type of birth control. But what if you change your mind in the future?...

6 Causes of Testicle Pain Oct 1st, 2021

The testicles are small reproductive organs that produce sperm and male sex hormones. You have two testicles, and they’re located in your scrotum, which is a sac of thin skin behind your penis. If you’ve ever suffered an injury to your groin, you’re likely all too familiar with testicle pain....

Is an Enlarged Prostate Dangerous? Sep 2nd, 2021

In most cases, the effects of an enlarged prostate are more frustrating than life-threatening. Sometimes, however, the condition can cause more serious medical concerns and may even signal cancer. Our specialty team at Gulf Coast Urology in Houston and Nassau Bay, Texas, discusses prostatic enlargement and what it might mean...

5 Encouraging Facts About Peyronie’s Disease Aug 15th, 2021

No penis is perfectly straight, but when a significant bend appears and gradually intensifies, you may be dealing with Peyronie’s disease. This condition occurs when scar tissue known as plaque builds up in your penis, causing a curve that’s especially noticeable during erections. You can also experience painful erections, sexual...

Is Erectile Dysfunction Inevitable? Jul 11th, 2021

About 30 million American men live with some form of erectile dysfunction (ED). This is a medical condition that affects your ability to get and keep an erection. When you have ED,  you either can’t achieve an erection at all, your penis isn’t stiff enough for penetrative sex, or your...

What Can I Expect After My Adult Circumcision? Jun 8th, 2021

There are many reasons men undergo circumcision later in life, from hygiene to religious concerns. Whatever your reason, our goal is to ensure that you fully understand the procedure, including what you can expect during your recovery. Our team here at Gulf Coast Urology, led by John Bertini, MD, and...

Do You Have One of These Common Conditions That’s Linked to Erectile Dysfunction? May 5th, 2021

Do you struggle to get an erection when you want to have sex? Maybe you achieve an erection, but it’s not strong enough or it doesn’t last long enough. If these scenarios sound familiar, you could be living with erectile dysfunction. Also called ED, it’s a common condition that affects...

Overactive Bladder: What Are My Treatment Options? Apr 1st, 2021

Don’t endure bladder problems; get help. Dr. John Bertini and Dr. James Harris at Gulf Coast Urology in Houston and Nassau Bay, Texas, are experts in treating urinary conditions, including overactive bladder (OAB).  On average, healthy adults empty their bladder 6-7 times within a 24-hour period. If you urinate more...

I’d Like to Reverse My Vasectomy Mar 1st, 2021

If you’ve had a vasectomy some time ago and now wish to undo it, you’re not alone. Roughly 10% of people who’ve had a vasectomy to prevent pregnancy later opt for a vasectomy reversal. Reasons for a vasectomy reversal are very personal and range from being in a new relationship...

What To Know If You’re Considering Adult Circumcision Feb 1st, 2021

Whether the reasons are cultural, religious, health-related, or just due to personal preference, more than 70% of men are circumcised in the United States. While many males are circumcised just after birth, adult circumcision is also an option for men who do not undergo the procedure as babies. If you...

Don’t Ignore Blood in Your Urine Jan 6th, 2021

Hematuria is the clinical diagnosis when you find blood in your urine. This blood may be visible in the toilet after you go (gross hematuria) or is only detected under a microscope (microscopic hematuria). Regardless of the type of hematuria you have, it’s important to undergo a thorough urological evaluation....

Common Causes of Peyronie's Disease Dec 1st, 2020

A bent penis and painful erections might feel a bit embarrassing to talk about, but there’s nothing shameful about Peyronie’s disease. The condition is both quite common, affecting at least 4%-10% of men ages 40-70, and treatable. And the sooner you seek proper diagnosis and treatment for Peyronie’s disease, the...

Is Your Erectile Dysfunction a Sign of This Serious Health Condition? Oct 20th, 2020

Erectile dysfunction (ED), also called impotence, is the inability to get or maintain an erection. Don’t be embarrassed if you’re struggling with ED; it affects about 50% of men age 40 and up. Here at Gulf Coast Urology, Dr. John E. Bertini, Jr. and Dr. James Harris have the skill,...

What Does a Cystoscopy Feel Like? Oct 1st, 2020

Frequent urinary tract infections are problematic. There’s the discomfort, the disruption to your life, and the worry that there could be a serious underlying problem.  In such cases the doctors at Gulf Coast Urology, Dr. John Bertini and Dr. James Harris, often recommend a diagnostic test called a cystoscopy. If...

Recovering From a Vasectomy: What to Expect Sep 9th, 2020

Vasectomy is an effective method of birth control. It stops sperm from getting to your semen. There are few risks involved, and the procedure is probably much quicker than you expect.  John E. Bertini, MD, FACS, and James M. Harris, MD, at Gulf Coast Urology in Houston and Nassau Bay,...

Effective Treatment for Prolonged Erections Aug 6th, 2020

An erection lasting longer than four hours without sexual stimulation can cause pain and long-term damage, such as scarring and erectile dysfunction. This condition, called priapism, is serious and must be treated immediately to prevent future problems. In this blog, the doctors at Gulf Coast Urology in Houston and Nassau...

Prostate Cancer: Why Routine Rectal Exams are so Important Jul 7th, 2020

Prostate cancer affects 1 out of 9 men during their lifetimes, but recent studies show that early detection and advanced treatments promote a high survival rate. At Gulf Coast Urology, with offices in Nassau Bay and Houston, Texas, Dr. John Bertini, Dr. James Harris, and the rest of our professional...

Am I a Candidate For Penile Implants? Jun 12th, 2020

If you’re not able to perform sexually due to aging or an injury, you may be suffering both physically and mentally. Sex is a normal and happy expression of intimacy that brings both partners great pleasure. If you’re missing out on sex, you’re missing out on life. For more than...

What Can Cause Male Infertility? May 27th, 2020

In the case of most couples, when there’s trouble conceiving, it’s common to point the finger at female infertility. The reality of the matter is that male infertility is actually just as common, affecting 40 to 50% of infertility cases and 7% of all men.  At Gulf Coast Urology, our...

The Link Between Obesity and Bladder Prolapse Apr 23rd, 2020

Research estimates suggest about half of all women experience one or more forms of pelvic organ prolapse at some point in their lives. Prolapse refers to an organ slipping forward or down from its usual location. The doctors of Gulf Coast Urology specialize in treating bladder prolapse, a condition that...

Is Urinary Incontinence Normal? Mar 10th, 2020

There are many reasons why you might find yourself dealing with embarrassing urinary incontinence problems, especially as you get older. Up to one-third of Americans struggle with incontinence at some point in their lives. The expert and compassionate care team at Gulf Coast Urology, led by John Bertini, MD, FACS,...

What Can I Do About Erectile Dysfunction? Feb 14th, 2020

It’s easy to feel isolated and alone when you’re living with erectile dysfunction (ED). But, ED is a common problem affecting more than 50% of men in the United States, to varying degrees. And, experiencing issues with ED is also closely correlated with age. For example, 40% of men struggle...

How Does an Enlarged Prostate Affect Your Life? Jan 1st, 2020

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland just in front of the rectum. It surrounds the urethra and produces fluid that contains sperm during ejaculation. As men age, it's common for their prostate to become enlarged. This doesn’t mean you have cancer. An enlarged prostate doesn’t even raise your risk of...

5 Reasons to Consider a Vasectomy Dec 1st, 2019

Believe it or not, a vasectomy is one of the best surgical procedures you can choose when it comes to your sex life. This procedure seals both tubes in your scrotum so that your sperm and semen cannot mix together. As a result, you can never fertilize a female egg....