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They can be potentially worrisome.
If you have concerns related to your urinary tract or sexual health, your first step may be to see your primary-care provider.
But if the issue requires further evaluation or treatment, the primary-care provider may refer you to a urologist.
What is a Urologist?
A urologist is a specialist who provides medical treatment to both men and women experiencing these problems:
At California Stem Cell Treatment Center, our urologist will review your symptoms, ask about your health history and perform a complete physical exam.
Depending on symptoms, we may order blood or urine labs, imaging studies, such as computed tomography ( CT) scans, or perform diagnostic procedures. says Dr. Elliot Lander, a urologist at California Stem Cell Treatment Center.
When to schedule to see a Urologist
Here are six signs you should consider scheduling an appointment with a urologist:
1. Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Women who experience recurring UTIs (two or more infections in a six-month period or three or more episodes within a year) may be referred to a urologist for further evaluation.
For men, urinary tract infections are considered somewhat complicated and should be evaluated by a urologist.
2. Incontinence issues
If you’re experiencing urine leakage or the need to go frequently or urgently, a urologist can help.
In many cases, lifestyle changes, can improve your bladder symptoms.
3. Pelvic pain
Pelvic pain that doesn’t go away is not normal and should be evaluated by a
Unexplained pelvic pain can be related to benign conditions or could be a warning sign of more serious diagnoses of the pelvic organs.
4. Kidney stones
Symptoms of kidney stones include:
“Any blood in the urine, in the absence of an infection, should not be ignored,” notes Dr. Lander.
5. Prostate problems
Men should see a urologist for issues prostate such as:
These symptoms can be a sign of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as an enlarged prostate.
6. Sexual dysfunction in men
Urologists are experts in sexual and reproductive health for men, including treatment of:
Once it’s appropriate for your age, prostate cancer screening becomes part of your routine check-up with your doctor.
Men at high risk for prostate cancer, including African American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer or other cancers diagnosed at a young age, should talk to their doctor about screening starting at age 40.
Men at an average risk for prostate cancer should call their doctor about scheduling a screening at age 50.
Prostate cancer screening starts with a simple blood test to check PSA (prostate specific antigen) levels. If your PSA is elevated, your doctor will refer you to a urologist for follow-up screening.
It’s most important to have conversations about prostate cancer screening and detecting prostate cancer at earlier stages, even before symptoms are present.