Men’s Warrant of Fitness
We want to help you keep healthy throughout your life and recommend a proactive approach to health, rather than only reacting to ill-health once it arises. A Te Atatu Health men’s WoF is made up of 20 minutes with one of our nurses and around 30 minutes with your doctor. It includes an ECG, blood pressure check and a full physical. Your doctor will want to discuss any current health issues, symptoms or concerns you may have. We will make a specific enquiry into stress, mental health and lifestyle. We will review any past medical problems and family medical history. Blood tests may be recommended and in some cases, we may suggest further tests.
We recommend 1 WoF before 30 years, every 5 years in your 30s and 40s, every 2 years in your 50’s, then every year over the age of 60. In some circumstances, we may request to see you more regularly about certain things which we identify.
To get the most of the consultation it is important to fill in our Health Check Questionnaire prior to the visit and bring it along with you.
It’s not just about bad moustaches
The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to stopping men dying too young. Men on average die 6 years earlier than women. The Movember movement addresses some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. The website is a great resource for men’s health: www.movember.com
It is important to protect and maintain your sexual health throughout your lifetime.
There are many different types of contraception available in New Zealand, including:
- barrier methods, such as condoms
- fertility awareness, a good understanding of when women are at their most fertile goes a long way
- permanent contraception, such as vasectomy and tubal ligation.
- Those taken by women:
Sexually transmissible infections (STI’s)
STI’s are infections that you can get if you have unprotected sex with someone. Not all STI’s have symptoms and the best way to protect yourself and your partner is by using condoms. Some infections can cause permanent loss of fertility for women and occasionally severe infections in both women and men. Women are typically much better than guys at getting checked out. Take the time to get educated on sexual health and don’t wait for weeks with symptoms you are concerned about.
To find out more about sexual health issues, Family Planning has good advice on their website.
“Men’s Health” is often largely about mental health. The two are intrinsically linked, and we know the progress of all disease is made worse (or in many cases is caused) by stress. Stress can often be perceived by men as a weakness, but it is more a measure of the load that a person is taking on. Sometimes we need help to manage this in a healthier way.
Read more in Dr Marcus Bishop’s article about Stress.
The Great Prostate Debate
There has been much controversy around prostate screening both in New Zealand and internationally. There remains a lack of consensus as to whether the benefits of detecting early disease by screening men with no symptoms, outweighs the potential harms.
If you are interested in reading more about prostate screening, this article from Best Practice Journal provides a balanced explanation and remains relevant at the time we publish this article in February 2018.
“My advice on your prostate is; if you have a brother or father diagnosed with prostate cancer, you smoke, or drink more alcohol than the national guidelines then you should get screened with a PSA blood test and prostate examination.
Otherwise, do your own reading and make a decision for yourself on the understanding that in the next 5-10 years medical science is hopeful to have a replacement for the PSA test which should more accurately detect prostate cancer, and more importantly it’s potential to behave badly.
Prevention far is better than a cure so eat well: diets high in garlic, onions, and green vegetables are protective against prostate cancer (and probably most cancers).”
Concerns or queries? Contact us.