As we start National Men’s Health Awareness Month this June, it’s a good time to remind men of a very important healthcare checkup: knowing when it’s time to see a urologist. How do you know when a symptom may be minor or whether it needs treatment right away?
When it comes to urinary tract or bladder issues, or erectile dysfunction, early treatment is essential to ensuring you get the right care and treat the problem before it gets worse. So, don’t put off that appointment any longer! Your urologist should be a trusted and important partner in your healthcare. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact your urologist right away.
1. You’re experiencing difficulty urinating or loss of bladder control
If you’re experiencing a significant change, such as difficulty urinating, leaking urine, or loss of bladder control (known as urinary incontinence), it’s time to see a urologist. Depending on your symptoms and the severity of the issue, your doctor may recommend medication, surgery, or even lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise.
2. You have blood in your urine
Contact your urologist immediately if you see blood in your urine, as this may be a sign of a kidney stone or bladder or kidney cancer. The sooner you get tested, the sooner you can identify the cause and begin treatment.
3. You have lower abdominal or pelvic pain
Pain in the lower abdomen or pelvis can be the sign of many issues, such as a prostate infection, kidney stone, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, or kidney cancer. Don’t wait for pain to worsen: if you’re experiencing consistent pain in these areas, make an appointment right away.
4. You’re experiencing erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is treatable, but sometimes ED may be a sign of a larger health issue, such as cardiovascular disease. We know ED can be difficult to talk about, but having a conversation with your urologist is the first step to ensuring you get the best treatment for your health.
5. You have concerns about infertility
If you and your partner are having trouble conceiving, infertility may be a cause. Your urologist can work with you to run semen and blood tests to check your fertility and talk with you about available options. Today, there are more options than ever before to help couples experiencing infertility reach their dream of having a child.
As men age, urological health becomes even more important as the risk for infection, cancer, and other related health issues increases. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or related symptoms, contact Rio Grande Urology today to schedule an appointment with one of our urologists.