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Both clinics will be closed on Monday 26th August for the bank holiday. We are otherwise operating normal working hours.

Men’s Health

In our new blog series, Dr Enam Abood takes your medical questions and provides advice to help direct you and help you learn more about your health. Our second question comes from a 49-year-old man in Oxford, UK about erectile dysfunction. One in three men will experience erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives so it is a common problem. But as Dr Abood will tell him, it could be a sign of a broader systemic condition. “I have been married for 5 years and we’ve had a good sex life until recently when I have had trouble maintaining…

Pregnancy and childbirth are physically and emotionally demanding on women. But they are also demanding on the men in their lives. A recent study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that women’s partners also experience a loss of libido in the first three months after childbirth. For women, there are hormonal and biological changes which have a direct impact on sex drives. But there is of course the obvious issue of lack of sleep and the hard work involved with a newborn baby. Parenthood, even in later phases, is challenging to a couple’s intimacy and love life. There…

To kick-start a healthy Autumn, we’re posting 10 tips on eating clean. Eating “clean” will improve your mood, energy levels, reduce your cholesterol and improve your protection against degenerative diseases in the future. Clean eating means plenty of fruit and vegetables, plenty of water, low sugar and salt, low saturated fats and a large reduction in processed foods. The impact of this kind of eating can be felt within days resulting in a feeling of increased well-being, high energy and better quality sleep.   Tip number 1 is to cut down on your alcohol consumption.  Keeping your alcohol consumption to one…

We’ve all been brought up with the idea that fruit is good for us and for many of us, that is absolutely true. However, some of us may suffer from fructose malabsorption, or fructose intolerance. Fructose is the form of sugar present in fruit. Fructose malabsorption results in increased amounts of fructose in the intestines. As symptoms of fructose intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome are similar, people are often misdiagnosed with IBS.  Fructose intolerance can be tested for at our specialist laboratory using a hydrogen breath test and treatment simply involves reducing your intake of fruit and other fructose-containing products.…

Feeling burnt out? A few tips

I’ve been asked to write something about the psychological phenomenon of burnout. This refers to exhaustion and reduced interest in work. Although burnout is not psychological problem detailed in the DSM, it is recognised in the ICD-10 as a “state of vital exhaustion”. Burnout is a serious issue that affects many people at some point in their lives. We are only human and the burdens on our time and our efforts, if consistent and without a break, can have long-term detrimental effects. Sometimes, burnout can feel like a disinterest in work and enjoyment, a need to sleep excessively and a…

If you’re hoping to become a dad, there are key things you need to ensure to improve the quality of your sperm and increase chances of conception.  The key messages for men are: Are you significantly overweight or underweight? You should aim to bring your weight within normal ranges to increase your chances. The research doesn’t make it clear whether being a healthy weight simply means you have more sex, however… Follow the principles of healthy eating. Eating a variety of foods, of different colours (not Skittles!) will help ensure you have all the nutrients you need such as zinc and selenium…

There was a time recently when billboards were going up all over London offering “fast and effective treatment” for erectile dysfunction (ED) at some pop-up ED clinic or another.  What a terribly irresponsible way to make money! Gentlemen – erectile dysfunction is a symptom, not a condition. One day, I will put up a billboard with just that in big lights. You do not suffer from erectile dysfunction without there being a reason, and sometimes those reasons can be serious. Sometimes scare tactics are necessary in order to get you to take action and seek medical advice, so here some reasons you…

I’m really proud of the guys at our clinic for taking part in Movember this year. We’ll keep posting pictures of the progress of our fuzzy moustache merchants throughout November. But of course, Movember is in support of prostate cancer research and awareness and I would not be doing my bit if I did not give you gentlemen (and the ladies who will need to nag the more stubborn breed of gentleman) a quick overview of what to look out for. We have seen multiple cases of prostate cancer at our clinic but because detection has been early, these patients…

Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in UK men, and a new case of prostate cancer is diagnosed every 15 minutes. This week we have heard of an exciting new development in the testing of prostate cancer. Although not available yet, the potential for faster and more accurate diagnosis of prostate cancer is very good news for primary care. When diagnosed early, prostate cancer is very treatable with a very good prognosis. This new test works by detecting a protein that is produced by cancer cells. At the moment, my clinic screens for prostate cancer…

Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in UK men, and a new case of prostate cancer is diagnosed every 15 minutes. This week we have heard of an exciting new development in the testing of prostate cancer. Although not available yet, the potential for faster and more accurate diagnosis of prostate cancer is very good news for primary care. When diagnosed early, prostate cancer is very treatable with a very good prognosis. This new test works by detecting a protein that is produced by cancer cells. At the moment, my clinic screens for prostate cancer…