From snoring to mood swings, The Doctors answer your most pressing questions about men!
Chest Implants for Men
Women who want a larger chest have the option of breast augmentation, but what about men?
Joe, 26, works out vigorously, but has trouble gaining bulk in his pectoral muscles. Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon informs Joe that he has options.
“Breast implants aren’t just for women,” Dr. Ordon says. “He’s in good shape, he’s an extreme fighter, his body is very important to him. He’s working those pecs as hard as he can, but he’s not getting the pec development that he wants."
Custom-designed implants for men can increase the appearance, size and definition of chest muscles for men who cannot achieve perfect pecs by simply working out. “It goes underneath the muscle, doesn’t affect the actual function of the muscle itself,” Dr. Ordon says. “It does give you a great, lasting result.”
Does your man have monthly mood swings? Forty-seven-year-old Joan says her husband Rob, 45, becomes irritable, moody and tired about once a month and wonders if Rob is hormonal. “It seems like he just becomes possessed!” Joan says. “He’s just kind of impossible to be around. It’s just classic PMS symptoms to me.”
While it is not male PMS, Rob’s moods may be caused by IMS, or irritable male syndrome. Women’s hormones pulsate every 28 days, while men’s do so hourly, and IMS is marked by plummeting levels of testosterone. Men who are overweight, stressed, depressed or sick are more at risk of developing IMS. Exercise, sleep and a healthy diet are ways to prevent dramatic hormone fluctuation.
“I’m willing to bet that if you kept track of when you exercise and what you eat, you’ll start noticing a pattern, and then you’ll know, ‘OK, I really need to exercise every day, and if I don’t, I’m going to get in these bad moods,’” Dr. Jim says. “And eat the right way. The simple carbs, the potato chips, the white bread, the white pasta. Those are the things that can kind of make your mood not as good.”
Know Your Testicles
In addition to tests by a doctor, oncologist Dr. Lawrence Piro explains that self-examinations are essential for men. Men should begin performing self-exams at 15 years old, and do so monthly.
“That’s best done in the shower,” Dr. Piro says. “After a warm shower, the muscles of the scrotum relax, and it’s easier to feel the testicles, and feel the smoothness and detect a lump if it’s there.”
To perform a testicular self-examination, place your leg on an elevated surface about chair height. Feel the scrotal sac and roll the testicles gently but firmly between your thumb and fingers, feeling for lumps.
Stop the Snoring
Arti, 32, keeps his wife, 31-year-old Nitin, awake all night long, but for all the wrong reasons! His loud snoring echoes through their house, scares their two children and has even forced the couple to sleep in separate beds for the last two years.
Snoring affects 37 million Americans, with 42 percent of men being regular snorers, as opposed to just 31 percent of women. “That’s because women have larger airways, and we usually don’t get obese around our necks,” OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explains.
In addition to short, thick necks, other causes of snoring include obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, abnormalities in the nose and throat and sleep apnea, which Arti suffers from.
“You’re not getting enough sleep,” pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says. “If you’re snoring that badly and having apnea, you are not getting a good night’s sleep every night, so you’re living life chronically sleep-deprived, and that’s going to affect your weight. It can eventually affect your heart, so you really need to deal with this, and there are things you can do to lower the effects of the snoring.”
Ways to reduce snoring include sleeping on your side, avoiding alcohol before bed, exercising and losing weight. Surgical procedures are also available to fix a deviated septum, a floppy soft palate and other possible issues that cause snoring.