Taking responsibility for your health (physically, emotionally, and mentally) may seem daunting in the beginning, but it can be incredibly empowering. At UCA, we encourage our patients to be active and involved in every aspect of their health. If you have any ailment (acute or chronic) take charge and get your body and mind back to balance.
You know your body best and can detect when things aren’t right. If you experience symptoms that are becoming frequent and troubling, you may need to see a urologist. The urologist can determine the level of severity and provide you with more details about what may be going on and offer you possible treatment options. Here are few health issues and concerns that should be a sign that it’s time to see a urologist:
- Painful Urination (Dysuria)
Infections can occur in any part of the urinary tract, and are most often caused by bacteria. A urologist can determine the cause and recommend targeted treatment.
- Blood in Your Urine
Even if you experience blood in your urine off and on, it may be a signal that something could be wrong. The problem is not actually the blood in the urine. Rather, it indicates that something else is not right. Blood in the urine is never a normal occurrence and necessitates a trip to the urologist.
- Frequent Urination or The Urge to Urinate Often
Several issues can cause a frequent need to empty your bladder. Frequent urination can indicate a number of different issues in both men and women and should be discussed by a urologist.
- Elevated Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Level
Typically, very little PSA is found in the bloodstream. When there is a change or higher level of PSA in the blood, a urologist can determine the cause. The PSA test is often used as a way to detect early prostate cancer.
- Abnormal Prostate Exam
The digital rectal exam (DRE) is an important part of the early detection and diagnosis of prostate conditions such as prostate cancer and BPH (enlarged prostate). Your digital rectal exam results can give you and your doctor a great deal of information in a short amount of time. Any abnormality could indicate a developing problem, so it should be checked by a urologist.
- Kidney Abnormality
If your doctor detects anything unusual in your kidney on an X-ray, CAT scan, or other imaging study, you should be referred to a urologist.
- Male Infertility
About half of all infertile couples suffer from one or more compromised factors in the male partner. UCA physicians can offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for male infertility conditions.
- Urinary Incontinence
It’s time to see your urologist if the incontinence begins suddenly or if it interferes with your lifestyle. Urinary incontinence is fairly common and can be managed or treated to alleviate the inconvenience.
- Testicular Pain or Lump
If you experience pain in the testes that does not go away within several weeks, you should see a physician. There is a chance it could be a minor health issue, or, it could be a more serious condition, but if detected early, you have good options and treatments available. A mass or lump in the testes can also signal a problem and should be checked by a urologist.
- Sexual Issues
Erectile Dysfunction (ED), which is the inability to achieve or maintain an erect penis, is one of the most common sexual problems for men as they age. Fortunately, there are many treatment options now available for men. Women experiencing a low sexual drive also have options that a urologist can discuss.
Managing your health means learning as much as you can about your health (asking any questions you may have, staying informed and current, and selecting the best possible treatment plan for you). If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, talk with your primary care physician about a visit to a urologist.