A urologist deals with all medical problems and issues located in the urinary tract. You may seek one on your own after having a UTI or be referred to one by your doctor. Going to a Urologist may seem scary and unnerving, but they are licensed professionals with intricate knowledge of the urinary tract system. What urologists do helps patients with some of the most difficult questions. You shouldn’t be afraid to see one and most often problems can be diagnosed quickly. It is especially important that older men have regular checkups with a urologist. Although urologists are known for treating symptoms in men, they also provide care to women and children. Recently you may have experienced some unwanted symptoms and don’t know who to turn to. The problems you or your loved one are facing may be awkward to talk about, but consulting with a professional will help you discern the best treatment for you. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons for when you should see a urologist.
Although one-time pain can signal a problem, recurring pain in any of the pelvic region should be taken seriously. In addition, any pain felt in the testicles should cause you to set up an appointment immediately. This is a high priority if you are over 40 and have experienced the pain more than once. It is rare, but it could indicate cancer or lead you to discover a growth on your testicles which could be cancerous. As your age increases, the risk increases. Recurring pain in any of the urinary tract should prompt a visit to the urologist. You should also see a urologist if you experience any enlargement in your prostate (BPH). This does happen more frequently in older men. BPH can be treated with the right guidance and is one of the most common reasons you need to see a urologist.
One of the most common side effects of Low T is Erectile Dysfunction (ED). When your body is not getting enough hormones, you could experience difficulty getting an erection. There are other side effects as well such as low sex drive, muscle loss, fatigue, extra body weight, hair loss, and mood changes like depression. The body is dependent on a healthy dose of hormones to function properly. If you are experiencing multiple symptoms or ED you need to schedule an appointment with a urologist. You can read more about Low T and how you can tell if you suffer from it here.
At least 5% of the population will experience a kidney stone in their lifetime. Many will also experience them more than once. If you have a kidney stone and are afraid of having another, you should schedule an appointment with a urologist. They can help you come up with a preventative plan for kidney stones as well as the best way to pass the stone. Urologists can also monitor you to know when one is likely to form. Again, any time you experience pain in the urinary tract, a urologist can help with that. Kidney stones can also cause lasting pain in the urinary tract. It is important that you see a doctor because you don’t always know when a kidney stone will strike. Your urologists will come up with simple solutions to fight the effects of kidney stones. They may ask you to change up your diet or take calcium pills. This is the best way for you to have peace of mind.
If you urinate blood or are often leaking urine, it is time to see a urologist. Urinating blood could be a sign of cancer in the liver or bladder. You must see a doctor right away to do a test and get a proper diagnosis. It cannot be understated if you are middle-aged and older. Leaking urine deals mostly with incontinence and can be treated. However, it can be frustrating to deal with and may lead to other problems.
Experiencing any of these symptoms? It’s important that you schedule an appointment with a doctor right away. Northwoods Urology is a judgment-free center that is focused on privacy and trust with our patients. We have the experts and care team to meet your needs. Contact us today and let us help you.
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