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9 Sure Fire Signs It's Time to See a Urologist

Are you suffering from issues such as frequent UTIs and pain your kidneys or bladder? Here are 9 sure-fire signs that it’s time to see a urologist.

A urologist is a physician who specializes in diseases of the urinary tract and the male reproductive system.

Patients may be referred to a urologist if their doctor suspects they need treatment, such as urology surgery, relating to the:

  • Bladder
  • Urethra
  • Kidneys
  • Adrenal Glands

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9 Signs You Need to See a Urologist

Taking charge of your health may seem like a daunting idea, but it can also be incredibly empowering. If you are experiencing out of the ordinary symptoms, be it with your bladder, urine, or prostate, that are becoming frequent and worrying, it may be time to see a urologist.

Here are just some of the health issues and concerns that could indicate it’s time you visit a urologist:

  1. You suffer from painful urination. Infections that occur in any part of the urinary tract, often caused by bacteria, can cause painful urination. A urologist will be able to determine the cause of your infection and recommend a targeted treatment.
  2. There’s blood in your urine. If you notice blood in your urine, it’s important not to ignore it. While there are many causes of this condition, most of which can be simply treated, others might require immediate medical attention. Some of the causes could include a UTI, kidney stones, an enlarged prostate, or even bladder cancer.
  3. You have urinary incontinence. Is urinary incontinence affecting your daily activities? Then you shouldn’t wait to see a urologist. In women, this could be caused by a urinary tract infection, and in men, the most common causes are urethritis and certain prostate conditions.
  4. You have an elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level. If you notice a change or higher level of PSA in your blood, you should see a urologist to determine the cause. The PSA test is often used as a way to detect early prostate cancer.
  5. You have an abnormal prostate exam. Any abnormality spotted during a prostate exam could indicate a developing problem, such as prostate cancer, and should be checked as soon as possible by a urologist.
  6. There’s an abnormality spotted on your kidney. If your doctor detects anything unusual about your kidney in an X-ray or CT scan, then it’s best he/she refers you to a urologist.
  7. You suffer from male infertility. If you and your partner are having difficulty getting pregnant, then a urologist can offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for male infertility conditions.
  8. You have a testicular lump or pain. If you are experiencing pain in the testes that don’t go away after several weeks, you should see a urologist. While in many cases, it could be a minor health issue, it may be something more serious. If detected early, you have good options and treatments available. A lump in the testes could also signal a problem and should be checked by a urologist.
  9. You suffer from certain sexual issues. Whether you’re a male who suffers from erectile dysfunction, or a woman experiencing a low sexual drive, a urologist can discuss your problem and suggest effective treatments for the condition.

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