Men's Health

Men's Health
Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center provides a range of reproductive and sexual health services and education to men -- regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, income level, or immigration status. The staff empowers men to actively participate in sexual and reproductive health choices with their partners. Come in for regular health exams, birth control information, decision counseling, and screenings for sexually-transmitted infections at either our Boulder or Longmont, Colorado, clinics.

Men's Health Q & A

What health services are available for men?

Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center offers a number of men’s health services. These include:

  • Care for your general sexual health concerns
  • Testing, diagnosis, and treatment for sexually-transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Birth control consults and supplies
  • Vasectomy
  • Colon cancer screening
  • Decision counseling for unexpected pregnancy

What STIs can be tested for and treated?

Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center screens men and women for sexually-transmitted infections. Getting tested is important because many of these infections do not have outward symptoms. Some infections can easily be cleared up with medication, such as antibiotics, while others have symptoms that can be managed for the long term.

The STIs most commonly tested for include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Herpes
  • HPV (including genital warts)
  • Pubic lice/crabs
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

What birth control options are available for men?

Condoms and dental dams are available on an as-needed basis at Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center. These protect against unwanted pregnancy and sexually-transmitted infections.

Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center also provides no-scalpel vasectomies, a highly-effective, permanent method of preventing pregnancy.

What is a vasectomy?

A vasectomy works by blocking the tubes that carry the sperm from the testicles to the penis. This means the sperm cannot leave the body and cause pregnancy.

The no-scalpel vasectomy procedure takes about 15 minutes and is quite safe; the whole visit will take less than 60 minutes. The procedure includes making a single opening into the scrotal sac and blocking the sperm ducts. The benefits of this process are:

  • Procedure is done in a doctor’s office with just local anesthesia to numb the scrotum
  • Recovery usually involves just a few days
  • Complication rate is less than 1%

You won’t experience any changes in your sexual performance or sensations. A vasectomy is permanent and not considered reversible. The man is not sterile for several months following the procedure, however, because sperm can stay in his reproductive system for up to four months. Another birth control method must be used until no sperm present on a sperm count. Vasectomies do not protect against sexually-transmitted infections.

What is decision counseling?

Women’s Health offers impartial decision counseling when an unexpected pregnancy occurs. In a safe and supportive counseling session, women and their partners may explore the many issues that may impact their decision, whether abortion, adoption or parenting. Their concerns may touch on issues related to health, readiness, relationship, religious and spiritual matters, career, age, income.

Masters-level counselors provide active support and reassurance to women and their partners struggling with what can be difficult issues. We help women and couples to clarify their goals, preferences and reasons and to reach resolution around their decision.

We empower people to be guided by their own values and feelings by supporting their own unique process.

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