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MedlinePlus – Male Reproductive System

MedlinePlus - Male Reproductive System is a great source of information about male reproductive health and related topics. The section includes a medical encyclopedia and links to a wide range of information about male reproductive anatomy & health, disorders of the male reproductive system, including prostate problems, and sexually transmitted diseases. This MedlinePlus section is recommended for information provided by some of the most authoritative and reputable sources in the medical field.

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Review Date: 4/15/2019

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Ease of Use

The section has intuitive navigation by A-Z topic list or reproductive organ. There are more topics available when browsing by anatomy than by topic. Each listed topic leads to a page with a brief summary of the disease and numerous links to additional information. There are also right-hand lists that allow access to the medical encyclopedia and other topics related to the condition. Because the unique nature of MedlinePlus, with its many links to outside resources, users must constantly jump from this site to others and then back again; the resulting navigation can be tedious.

Visual Design

The home page is very plain, having only a list of topics & systems along with a simple illustration of the male reproductive system.

Quality

Men will be satisfied with the basic understanding of male reproductive health & related topics gained from this section. The female-specific health content is superfluous here and should not have been included. Inconsistent referencing make the reliability of each MedlinePlus page for a disease or condition variable. Topics found in the medical encyclopedia are well referenced, while this is inconsistent for disease summaries and information from linked sites. However, most links go to respected federal or specialty organization sites.

Credibility

MedlinePlus clearly identifies the organizations responsible for the content, which include the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and National Institutes of Health. Users will find that the medical encyclopedia topics have the highest reliability by listing reviewers and date of last review. Although MedlinePlus does a great job updating it's pages regularly, the currency of linked sites varies, and individual authors/editors of each topic page are not identified & only occasionally credited on the linked sites.

Pros

  1. Extensive Medical Encyclopedia with information about and related to male reproductive health and related topics
  2. Multiple links to reliable, up-to-date, and adequately detailed information about male reproductive anatomy & health and disorders of the male reproductive system, including prostate problems
  3. Highly credible website with backing from the U.S. government and supplemented with materials generated by authoritative organizations

Cons

  1. A few topics specific to women from the "Pregnancy and Reproduction" section are included
  2. User-friendliness of materials vary depending on the external website referenced here
  3. Users will have to spend significant time navigating and reading in order to get helpful information

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Sponsors / Affiliations: The U.S. National Library of Medicine, The National Institutes of Health

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Patient handouts, videos, images, relevant journal articles, specialist finder, links to research, health check tools, clinical trials

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: custserv@nlm.nih.gov

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