“Dr. David Samadi” – Urologic Cancer Surgeon Extraordinaire – Who Better to Answer Questions About Menopause and Male Sexual Health

According to Dr. David Samadi, Menopause is often a confusing and anxiety provoking topic for many women. It is defined as a condition whereby there is a decrease of hormone production from the ovaries leading to an absence of a menstrual cycle for a period of one year. It usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 with the average age of occurrence being 51 years of age. A patient’s actual age of onset of menopause is usually determined by genetics. Some common symptoms of menopause include: hot flashes, weight gain and vaginal dryness. Other symptoms/conditions can include muscle and joint pain, osteoporosis and mood swings. Hot flashes can occur daily lasting from several months to several years. Treatments for the symptoms of menopause include avoiding triggers like alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods and hot environments. Also helpful is losing weight, stopping smoking, dressing in layers and treating osteoporosis with diet, calcium supplements and medication.

Certain behaviors for men are crucial to ensure good sexual health and function. One of the most important behaviors suggested by Dr. David Samadi is regular exercise. Avoidance of exercise leads to a decrease in muscle mass, increased weight, lowered metabolism and a lack of energy. Increased levels of exercise increase libido due to an increase in circulating endorphins and an increase in energy and overall confidence. A diet low in fat and high in anti-oxidants with lots of fruits and vegetables and only lean meats plus whole grains and low-fat milk is also essential for good general and sexual health for men. In addition, practicing Kegel exercises (Involves tightening and releasing the muscles of the pelvic floor that support the bladder and bowel and affect sexual function), getting an annual checkup and monitoring regular medications, stopping smoking and limiting alcohol intake all can lead to better overall vascular health and can help decrease the chances for erectile dysfunction.

Dr. David Samadi attended Medical School at SUNY Stony Brook graduating with an MD degree in 1994. He then did post graduate training in General Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center and then specialized in urology and proctology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After this, he completed a fellowship in Urology Oncology at the world famous Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center. He is certified by the American Board of Urology and is currently Chairman of Urology, Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.