Urological issues can be an uncomfortable thing to talk about for men so often times they avoid seeking care. The truth is that urological problems are more common than you might think, in fact, it is estimated 3.4 million men in the United States currently experience Urological Incontinence and many other issues.
Problems in the urinary system can be caused by aging, illness, or injury. As you get older, changes in the kidneys’ structure cause them to lose some of their ability to remove wastes from the blood. Also, the muscles in your ureters, bladder, and urethra tend to lose some of their strength. A urologist has special training to diagnose and treat conditions that affect the urinary tract. This includes the urethra, bladder, and kidneys. Here are a few of the many common urological issues affecting men, according to the New York Daily News.
Erectile dysfunction (ED)
Erectile dysfunction is a condition in which a man experiences difficulties with getting or maintaining an erection. This can be treated with medication, testosterone replacement, surgery, psychological counseling, acupuncture, or lifestyle changes such as losing weight, quitting smoking, increasing exercise and reducing stress.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Infections of the urinary tract are the second most common type of infection in the body. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for about 8.3 million doctor visits each year. If a man notices painful or burning urination or cloudy urine, this could be a sign of a urinary tract infection. A urologist will test the urine to make sure it is a UTI and to rule out any other possible problems. Generally, a round of antibiotics will treat the UTI.
Male infertility is any health issue in a man that lowers the chances of his female partner getting pregnant.
About 13 out of 100 couples can’t get pregnant with unprotected sex. There are many causes for infertility in men and women. In over a third of infertility cases, the problem is with the man. This is most often due to problems with his sperm production or with sperm delivery.
Kidney stones occur when minerals and other chemicals (uric acid and cysteine) accumulate in the kidneys or along any part of the urinary tract. The stones can be excruciatingly painful to pass, but fortunately are easily diagnosed. Treatment for kidney stones depends on the size and location of the stone. Medication can be used to reduce the size of the stone, allowing it to pass. Surgical removal may be needed if the stone is large and is blocking the flow of urine.
These are just a few of the many urological issues men can face. it’s important to discuss your treatment options with your doctor. The Michigan Institute of Urology is one of the longest-standing and largest sub-specialty Urology practices in the State of Michigan, we are dedicated to providing our patients the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art urologic care. Our specialists have been recruited from the most sophisticated university centers in the United States and are available at all of our 22 office locations. Our administrative staff follows strict guidelines to ensure the most cost-effective medical care is provided. Michigan Institute of Urology, P.C., is comprised of 46 General and Fellowship Trained Urologists with a complement of compassionate, caring Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Medical Assistants, and Ancillary Personnel.