Definition - What does Andrologist mean?
An andrologist is a physician that specializes in treating conditions related to sexual function and fertility in males. Andrologists are urologists that focus primarily on male reproductive issues. Because Andrologists possess expertise in the male reproductive system, they are generally the most appropriate professional to consult for male patients with infertility and sexual dysfunction.
FertilitySmarts explains Andrologist
Although andrology is a recognized sub-specialty, andrologists are usually urologists. Urologists are specialists who are trained to treat diseases of the organs in the urinary system, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra in both males and females.
An andrologist, in addition to a basic medical degree, goes through the same training and medical board certification programs as a urologist, but they have a special focus in male sexual health and generally only treat conditions that are related to male fertility and sexual function. An andrologist for a male is similar to what a gynecologist is for a female.
Some of the conditions an andrologist is specialized in treating include:
- Disorders of the testes and penis (such as infection and cancer)
- Premature ejaculation
- Erectile dysfunction
In addition to medical treatment for male reproductive disorders, andrologists may also offer surgical treatment such as vasectomy and vasectomy reversal.