WHAT AN UROLOGICAL EXAM LOOKS LIKE AND WHOM IS IT FOR
Urology is a branch of medicine dedicated to treating men with some of the following issues:
- Urgent urination – a sudden feeling that you have to urinate urgently. This issue is usually caused by urinary infection.
- Frequent urination – normally, the bladder is emptied four to eight times a day. If you feel the need for urination more often than this, you should probably talk to your doctor. In men, frequent urination can be a symptom of prostate enlargement. Here you can find out more about prostate diseases.
- Involuntary urination – urination that occurs suddenly and abruptly. It can occur when you flex your abdominal muscles, when you carry some weight, when you sneeze, cough or laugh. In women, involuntary urination can happen as a consequence of weakened musculature after giving birth or later in life.
- Painful urination – it is, obviously, pain or a stinging sensation that occurs during urination. This pain is in most cases the indicator of infection but it can also happen as a consequence of a stone in the urinary tract.
- Blood in urine – this is serious symptom that requires urgent medical attention.
- Infertility – if you are trying to conceive for some time and are not succeeding you should pay attention to quality, and quantity of your sperm. Urologist is a doctor in charge of infertility issues for men.
- Erectile disfunction – inability to establish or maintain erection sufficient for sexual penetration (impotence). This is a significant health issue for men that impacts the population of 160 million people worldwide. It can occur regularly as a consequence of aging but it also occurs in 52% of men between 40 and 70. Each sexual disfunction can be a consequence of some medical issue with male genitalia and it almost always has a psychological component. Examination should always start by elimination of some serious conditions and a conversation with the urologist.
Men often neglect their health; they tend to not take it seriously and are reluctant to go to a urologist.
Certain lifestyles as well as history of health issues can impact reproductive health and fertility. Risks of infertility are raised if you:
- smoke cigarettes or marijuana,
- consume alcohol several times a day,
- use different types of drugs,
- consume anabolic steroids,
- take certain medications such as testosterone replacement therapy or medications prescribed for arthritis, high blood pressure, depression, cancer, infection or digestive tract issues,
- have a chronic condition such as diabetes, cancer, thyroid gland issues,
- eat non-healthy and non-diverse food,
- are overweight,
- are exposed to various toxins such as pesticides etc.,
- have cryptorchidism or one of your testicles have not been developed properly,
- have a hernia in your groin area,
- have a history of sexually transmitted diseases (such as chlamydia of gonorrhoea).