Harry Fisch, MD

Men's Health Expert, NY Presbyterian Hospital
Blog Posts

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As a urologist and a physician who has dedicated his life to men’s health issues, I am amazed at the response I get when I tell someone that every year more men are diagnosed with prostate cancer...

Say “biological clock” and most people think of women. Most people know that a woman’s ovaries stop producing eggs at some point and that natural fertility ends with menopause. But most people...

Most guys assume that they’re not shooting blanks. In other words, they assume they’re fertile. But the fact is that every year, about six million couples have problems conceiving a child – and...

The United States Preventive Services Task Force got it wrong when they said that "healthy men should no longer receive a PSA blood test to screen for prostate cancer."
 
The PSA...

Added to Cancer, Men's Health, Health News on Fri 10/07/2011

When most people think of the health hazards of smoking, they naturally think of consequences like lung cancer. But smoking does a lot of other bad things to your body, some of which are directly...

Added to Sex and Relationships, Men's Health, Addiction, Smoking on Thu 09/15/2011

The problems caused by abnormally low testosterone – a condition called hypogonadism – have been getting a lot of press in recent years, primarily because there are now several companies...

Added to Men's Health, Sexual Health on Wed 07/27/2011

Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin of the penis. It is part of religious custom for Jews and many Muslims, for reasons that have been lost to history. The popularity of...

Testosterone gels and other ways of boosting a man’s testosterone levels are all the rage at the moment. For the right man with the right condition – meaning a verified below-normal testosterone...

Added to Smart Patient, Men's Health, Sexual Health on Wed 07/13/2011

Bike riding is the ultimate healthy sport, right? Easy on the knees, great for cardio and strength-building, and relatively inexpensive. 

 

Well … yes … all true. But there...

Added to Men's Health, Sexual Health, Prevention on Thu 07/07/2011

I know a lot of guys may not want to hear this, but men, in general, are less healthy than women by practically any measure. Life expectancy for men is currently about 75 years. For women: 80...

There are a lot of good reasons to get enough sleep at night (meaning 7-9 hours for adults). Being sleep-deprived impairs daytime alertness and memory; it leads to mood problems such as anxiety...

Added to Sleep, Sex and Relationships, Men's Health on Wed 05/04/2011

A common complaint of women, especially those who have gone through menopause, is that they no longer produce as much vaginal lubrication as they once did. This can make sex uncomfortable or...

Added to Sex and Relationships, Sexual Health on Tue 02/08/2011

Everybody knows that we need oxygen to live. In the body, oxygen is vital for many of the chemical reactions that keep us alive and healthy. But these reactions also produce "free radicals" –...

Added to Men's Health, Fertility, Sexual Health on Thu 02/03/2011

Like any cancer, prostate cancer is complicated. Scientists are still unraveling the mystery of why some men get it and some men don’t.  Still, research in recent years has suggested some...

Added to Cancer, Men's Health on Mon 11/29/2010

As every guy knows, the penis and testicles are not very well protected from the vagaries of life. If the testicles didn’t have to be cooled to below body temperature for maximum efficiency,...

Added to Anatomy, Men's Health on Tue 11/09/2010

Okay, I’m not totally serious. I’m not recommending bacon cheeseburgers on a daily basis.  I’m using this icon of fatty food to make a point: fat is not the enemy.  


The...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet on Tue 11/02/2010

Every year, about 500,000 men in the US get a vasectomy because they’re sure they don’t want any more (or simply any) children. It’s a fairly simple procedure that cuts the 2 vas deferens,...

Added to Sex and Relationships, Men's Health, Sexual Health on Tue 06/29/2010

On a fairly regular basis, I come into an exam room and find a guy with a very worried look on his face. Sometimes it takes awhile for them to articulate their concern, but, eventually, I...

Added to Men's Health, Sexual Health on Tue 04/27/2010

A new study published in the British Medical Journal reveals some interesting dynamics at work in the sex lives of older men and women regarding sex. Thanks to erection-enhancing medications,...

Added to Sexual Health on Wed 04/14/2010

The other day a patient came to see me who looked like the picture of health. He was tan and wore a tight-fitting polo shirt that revealed a heavily-muscled torso. But his testicles were small and...

Added to Men's Health, Sexual Health, Reproductive Health on Fri 03/19/2010

A lot of research suggests that alcohol should be bad for sex. Scientists have measured how alcohol affects penile swelling, vaginal engorgement, time required to achieve orgasm (both during...

Added to Sex and Relationships on Tue 03/09/2010

Men catch a lot of grief for being obsessed with their penises…is it big enough? Thick enough? Hard enough? Etc. But given that Mother Nature’s prime directive is to reproduce, and given the...

Added to Sex and Relationships, Men's Health, Sexual Health on Mon 02/22/2010

Hot tubs can be great…relaxing, soothing, and sometimes romantic. If all a man cares about is sex, then a hot tub can be a perfect aphrodisiac and no harm done. But if he’s interested in...

Added to Men's Health, Sexual Health, Reproductive Health on Tue 02/09/2010

Normally, the prostate gland is about the size of a walnut. It’s attached to the base of the bladder. The urethra, which is the tube that carries urine out of the body, goes right through the...

Added to Men's Health, Illness Management, Symptom Definition on Tue 01/26/2010

An erect penis is normally ruler-straight, but it’s not uncommon for an erection to have some degree of bend, or twist. If the bend is extreme, causes pain, or makes intercourse impossible,...

Added to Sex and Relationships, Men's Health on Thu 01/14/2010

My patients often ask me what they can do to improve their sex lives. They’re surprised with I tell them that one of the best things they can do is watch what they eat. But it’s true. After all,...

Added to Nutrition, Diet, Sex and Relationships, Men's Health, Oz 100 on Tue 12/15/2009

This week I want to talk about something I see pretty often in my male patients.  It’s a condition that is often an unrecognized source of problems ranging from the merely inconvenient –...

Added to Sex and Relationships, Men's Health, Fertility on Fri 12/04/2009

More and more guys are getting the message about getting checked out for prostate cancer. That’s a good thing, since prostate cancer is the leading cancer killer of men, with about 27,000...

Added to Cancer, Men's Health on Mon 11/30/2009

Here’s a saying with some truth to it: Guys turn on like a light bulb; women turn on like an iron. Nature has designed guys to be much faster on-the-draw when it comes to arousal and...

Added to Sex and Relationships, Men's Health on Wed 11/18/2009

In my office, I perform vasectomy as a simple way of contraception. It remains one of the most effective forms of birth control and is now easier to do with minimal discomfort to patients....

Added to Sex and Relationships, Men's Health on Thu 11/12/2009

A recent study suggested that about 13 million men in the US alone have a condition that few guys have ever heard of, but which may be causing them some real problems. The condition? ...

Added to Sex and Relationships, Men's Health on Thu 11/05/2009

One of the best parts of my job is helping couples have kids. Last week, for example, I heard some good news from a couple I first saw about 3 years ago. I want to tell you their story,...

How often should I be having sex?  That’s the number one question that I get from my patients.  And it sounds like a simple question, too.  But it’s not so simple to answer. ...

Added to Women's Health, Sex and Relationships, Men's Health on Wed 09/02/2009

In my previous blog I talked about how often people have sex. Now I’m throwing out some suggestions for how you can have more, and better, sex. None of this is rocket science – but you’d...

Added to Women's Health, Sex and Relationships, Men's Health on Wed 09/02/2009