Reasons to Visit a Urologist
20 Apr. 2016
Men are known to avoid going to the doctor, especially when it comes to urologic issues, preferring to skip this experience at all if possible. As a result, they seek medical help only when it is an emergency. However, it is very important to pay attention to health and take notice of any warning signs, in order not to miss something serious and potentially life-threatening.
As men get older, prostate and sexual health play a big part in their lives and quality-of- life issues. Urologists are able to manage these issues, guiding you on what to expect, when to simply observe and when to treat the problem. Most of the issues are easily dealt with, but sometimes minor annoyances reveal serious problems that need further investigation.
Below are 5 reasons to visit an urologist:
1. Abnormal PSA test. Abnormal results of the routine PSA test may be a sign of prostate cancer. Schedule an appointment with an urologist to perform your prostate examination as quickly as possible. Cancer is best treated when detected early.
2. BPH. In their late 40s men often begin to have difficulty urinating due to the growth of the prostate gland or benign prostatic hyperplasia, which puts pressure on the urethra and obstructs the urine flow. The disease has many symptoms, including frequent urges to urinate, poor urine flow and painful sensations in the pelvis, thighs or lower back.
3. Leaking urine. Urinary incontinence is fairly common and is usually managed successfully. See an urologist if incontinence begins suddenly and interferes with your life or if you develop any urination disorders, such as painful urination, which can be the sign of urinary tract infection.
4. Impotence. Inability to achieve and maintain erection doesn’t only affect intimacy and sexual performance; it can also indicate an underlying vascular disease or renal failure. Even though men find it embarrassing to talk about erectile dysfunction, it’s vital to evaluate and treat this issue as early as possible.
5. Blood in the urine. Even small, microscopic amount of blood in the urine is a reason to immediately address an urologist. It can signal a significant urologic condition that requires an immediate medical attention and appropriate urologic evaluation, including a urine test, cystoscopy and CT scanning or X-ray. Blood in the urine is a hallmark of bladder cancer, kidney cancer, stones and urinary tract infections. Be it cancer or nothing serious, it is treatable.
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