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7 Reasons Why Men Should See a Urologist

October 26, 2018
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Let’s face it, men are usually not as good as women at going to the doctor for health screenings. They often won’t even go to the doctor when there is something wrong. In fact, it takes the average man who feels a mass or tumor on his testicle six months to see a doctor, according to urologic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Bingham. But ignoring it doesn’t mean the problem will disappear, no matter how much you wish it would.

Urologists are doctors who see men and women. For men, they are the doctors who deal with urinary issues, prostate issues, and any problems of the male reproductive organs. Here are seven common reasons for men to see a urologist.

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Prostate Cancer Screenings

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men. Because it does not present any symptoms before it becomes advanced, the only way to catch it early is through a prostate cancer screening, Dr. Bingham explains. This screening involves a yearly rectal exam (just a quick finger exam) and a blood test called a PSA. Most men should begin their annual screenings age 50. However, if you have a family history of prostate cancer or if you’re African American, you should begin screenings at age 40. (Prostate cancer affects African Americans at higher rates.) Prostate cancer is only truly curable when discovered early, so don’t skip your appointment!

Urinary Issues

Urinary issues are very common in men, especially as you get older. These issues commonly include slowing of the urinary stream, going to the bathroom more frequently, getting up more at night to urinate, feeling you are not emptying all the way, or having the stream start and stop. The most common reason for these symptoms is growth of the prostate gland, though fortunately these are not usually signs of prostate cancer. However, it’s still important to have these issues addressed because they can lead to serious bladder or kidney problems down the road. Seeing a urologist for these symptoms is not just about making you more comfortable—it can help prevent permanent damage to other organs.

Testicular Pain or Changes

Most men don’t do monthly self-testicle exams, but you probably don’t need to in order to realize something isn’t right. “If you do develop pain or a change in how things feel down there, it is important to find out what is going on. Do not be the guy who waits six months before seeking medical attention,” Dr. Bingham warns.

Blood in Your Urine

Blood seen in the urine can come from many sources. It might be due to an enlargement of the prostate, kidney stones, or even tumors of the kidneys or bladder. If you see blood in your urine, or if your primary care physician finds microscopic blood in your urine during a routine screening, you need to be seen by a urologist.

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is extremely common, especially as men get older or develop other medical issues. It can be caused by many medical or psychological issues and is often very treatable. “Men often avoid this subject due to embarrassment, but it is a subject we discuss all the time in the office. It should not be a source of embarrassment because it’s a medical issue,” Dr. Bingham says.

Kidney Stones

If have kidney stones, you should see a urologist, even if you don’t have any pain. “Stones that do not bother you today can put you on the floor in pain tomorrow if untreated,” Dr. Bingham warns.

Vasectomy

Done having or don’t want kids? A vasectomy is a very common and easy way to prevent future pregnancies. This is a simple procedure your urologist can do in the office and only takes approximately ten minutes.  Dr. Bingham says it’s much faster and easier—and less risky—than a woman having her “tubes tied,” making it a good option for couples who are sure kids are not in their future.

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