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This Blog features essays on wellness and medicine to help educate and inspire our patients. As Dr. Gluck is a Harvard trained surgeon with over 30 years in private practice, he offers precise expertise on both the study of Urology and Sexual Wellness. Below you will find Dr. Gluck’s personal thoughts on anywhere from Incontinence to living a Paleo lifestyle. Dr. Gluck is committed to helping his patients take care of their health and wellness from both a medical and holistic perspective.

21 December

“Testosterone Boosts Sexual Well-Being in Older Women”

This small but provocative study highlights the benefits of testosterone therapy in post-menopausal women. Testosterone worked as a valuable tool to improve libido and the female sexual experience. The route of administration favors creams and gels over pills due to a rise in the triglycerides and LDL cholesterol with pills. The overall cholesterol, however, was decreased with testosterone therapy. The women showed no significant adverse effects.

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16 December

Holiday Stress?: Helpful Tools to Calm Your Mind

The Holiday Season can be stressful! As we approach the end of December and the coming New Year, take a look at these Four Ways to Calm Your Mind in Stressful Times. With the use of four simple tools – breathself-compassionconnection, and compassion for others – this article helps unpack how to effectively and efficiently keep stress levels low during this holiday season and beyond.

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19 November

Votiva: Benefits of Pelvic Health and Feminine Care

Women’s health is a very important priority in my practice. As a urologist, half of my patients are women. Female health is so important in urology that it is an integral part of our residency training. Pelvic health, until recently, has not been a priority for most doctors. Fortunately, there are now available many new treatments including Votiva, a radio frequency energy which gently induces tissues to undergo a healthy transformation.
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17 July

Does HIFU Really Work for Prostate Cancer?

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, or HIFU, is a well established and accepted method for treatment of localized prostate cancer. It has been in continuous use in Europe since 1994, and now has been employed world-wide, including the United States, where the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved HIFU in October of 2015. To date, tens of thousands of patients around the world have been successfully treated.

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03 June

What is the HIFU Procedure for Prostate Cancer Treatment?

HIFU, or High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, is a non-invasive treatment using sound wave energy to eliminate cancer.  It has been in continuous use in Europe and around the world since 1996.  It was approved in October 2015, here in the USA, by the FDA for prostate use.

 

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27 May

What are the Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment of Overactive Bladder?

Bob, a 53-year-old executive, realized he was waking up two or three times a night to go to the bathroom. During the day, he frequently ran to the men’s room, to avoid embarrassing accidents. Bob was diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), an enlarged prostate condition, which was now obstructing the urine flow from his bladder. Initially, his doctor prescribed a medication to relax the prostate, with only minimal success. Further testing confirmed that his prostate enlargement had caused the bladder to become overactive, giving him the frequent urges to urinate.

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17 April

Blood in my Semen?: Hematospermia

A frequent question I am asked is: “What does blood in my semen mean?” Men are not used to seeing anything but clear, whitish, or slightly yellow/green color in their semen, all normal. But when the semen is suddenly red or brown, their first thought is often times “cancer.” The good news is that, almost always, blood in the semen, or “hematospermia,” is a benign finding. Getting confirmation from a urologist is a good idea.

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09 April

HIFU: A Better Treatment Option for Prostate Cancer

If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, has your doctor discussed all the options for treatment? If they haven’t mentioned HIFU, or if they have dismissed it as an option, please seek another opinion. HIFU remains the least invasive form of prostate cancer treatment, and has the least chance of side effects while retaining an excellent record for cancer control. After HIFU, return to normal activity is usually very rapid, and there are no restrictions against exercise, lifting, or travel.

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07 April

Bladder Pain? – Diagnosing and Treating Interstitial Cystitis

Do you go to the bathroom too much? Are you experiencing frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs)? Does your bladder hurt, or are you feeling discomfort in the low abdomen/pelvis (lower belly) or the perineum (bicycle seat area)? You may be suffering from Interstitial Cystitis (IC). This benign but annoying inflammatory condition affects the bladders of both men and women. The symptoms are often written off to “recurrent prostatitis” in men, and to “frequent UTIs” in women. If you have had these problems, and haven’t discussed the possibility of IC with your doctor, then it is time for another visit.

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04 March

Prostate Cancer: Understanding All the Options

One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Hopefully, it will be diagnosed at an early stage, when it is curable. Hopefully, a yearly PSA (the blood test for prostate specific antigen) and a DRE (digital rectal exam, also known as a “finger wave”) are being followed. When the DRE is suspicious, or the PSA is elevated, or rises more than 0.75 per year, then a prostate biopsy must be discussed with that man. There are no symptoms of early prostate cancer. By the time a man develops symptoms from the cancer, it is usually at an advanced stage. That is why a yearly check up is so critical.

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