Your Comprehensive Guide to When to See a Urologist

November 17, 2023
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When caring for our health, we sometimes feel hesitant or unsure about when to consult a specialist. Urologists specialize in diagnosing and treating urologic conditions and disorders related to the male urinary system and reproductive organs. In this blog, we will guide you through the signs and symptoms that should help you determine when to see a urologist. While urology services are available for both men and women, this article focuses primarily on men’s urological health.

Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections can affect anyone, but when they become recurrent or severe, it’s a strong indicator that you should consult a urologist. UTIs are characterized by symptoms like frequent urination, painful urination, and cloudy or bloody urine. While antibiotics are typically used to treat UTIs, seeing a urologist can help identify the underlying causes or contributing factors that may be making you more prone to these infections.

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction, or the inability to achieve and sustain an erection, is a common concern for men. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including physical, psychological, and lifestyle-related issues. If you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction, it’s important to consult a urologist. They can evaluate the root cause of your condition and provide appropriate treatment options, such as medication, therapy, or surgical procedures.

Blood in Urine (Hematuria)

Seeing blood in your urine is an alarming sign that requires immediate attention from a urologist. Hematuria can result from a variety of conditions, ranging from urinary tract infections to more serious issues like kidney stones, bladder cancer, or prostate problems. A urologist can perform diagnostic tests to identify the cause of hematuria and recommend the necessary treatment.

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Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are small, hard mineral deposits that can form in the kidneys. Symptoms of kidney stones include excruciating pain when they move through the urinary tract. If you’re experiencing severe flank pain, pain in your lower abdomen, pelvic pain, or pain during urination, it might be due to kidney stones. A urologist can help diagnose and treat kidney stones, offering relief and preventing further complications.

Prostate Issues

Prostate problems can be common in men, especially as they age. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that plays a crucial role in reproductive and urinary health. If you notice symptoms like difficulty urinating, frequent urination (especially at night), or blood in the semen, it’s time to see a urologist. These symptoms may be indicative of prostate conditions such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or prostate cancer.

Testicular Pain and Swelling

Testicular pain or swelling can be a sign of various issues, including testicular torsion, epididymitis, or a hernia. Any unexplained discomfort or change in the size and shape of your testicles should prompt a visit to a urologist. These specialists can perform a thorough examination and recommend appropriate treatment options, including medication or surgery.

Frequent Urination

Urinating frequently can have several underlying causes, including urinary tract infections, an overactive bladder, or an enlarged prostate (BPH). If you find yourself constantly rushing to the restroom, it’s crucial to consult a urologist. They can determine the root cause of your symptoms and provide you with a personalized treatment plan.

Bladder Issues/Incontinence 

Urinary incontinence, or involuntary urine leakage due to weak bladder control, can be a source of embarrassment and discomfort. Whether you’re experiencing stress urinary incontinence (leakage during physical activity or coughing) or urge incontinence (sudden, uncontrollable urges to urinate), a urologist can help diagnose the type of incontinence and recommend appropriate management strategies, which may include pelvic floor exercises, medications, or surgery.

Fertility Concerns

If you and your partner are struggling to conceive, it’s advisable to consult a urologist for a fertility evaluation. Male infertility can result from issues such as low sperm count, poor sperm motility, or structural problems in your reproductive system. A urologist can perform tests to identify the specific causes of infertility and propose treatments or lifestyle changes to enhance your chances of fathering a child.

Sexual Health Issues

Sexual health concerns beyond just erectile dysfunction may also warrant a visit to a urologist. These concerns can include premature ejaculation, delayed ejaculation, or Peyronie’s disease, which causes the penis to curve abnormally. Urologists are well-equipped to assess and address a wide range of sexual health issues, offering solutions that can significantly improve your overall well-being and quality of life.

See a Urologist at CLS Health

Recognizing the signs and symptoms that should guide you as to when to see a urologist is a pivotal step in taking charge of your urological health. Whether you’re dealing with urinary issues, fertility concerns, or sexual health problems, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Your primary care physician can refer you to a urologist or you can visit one of CLS Health’s clinics. CLS Health offers comprehensive urology services at multiple locations in the Houston area, making it convenient for residents to access the care they need. Remember that early intervention can lead to better outcomes and improved quality of life. 

Prioritizing your urological health by consulting a urologist when necessary is a proactive step toward overall well-being and peace of mind. Your health matters, and the experts at CLS Health are here to support you every step of the way.

By CLS Health

CLS Health is a physician-owned comprehensive care group with over 33 locations and 160+ providers throughout the Houston area.

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