Visiting a urologist can be uncomfortable for some men, especially when discussing sensitive urological issues. However, avoiding the conversation can lead to serious health problems. An honest conversation with your urologist is less painful than living with distressing symptoms. Many of these symptoms are treatable, so don’t miss out on the chance to work with your doctor to alleviate them.
The main sensitive conditions to seek help from a urologist
Let’s talk openly about two sensitive conditions many men experience: erectile dysfunction and incontinence.
Talking about erectile dysfunction (ED) is difficult for men to discuss due to its sensitive nature. However, the prevalence of this condition is higher than one might presume. According to a study, 52 percent of men experience some form of ED, with the prevalence increasing for those between the ages of 40 and 70. Despite its prevalence, the condition remains underreported, with an estimated 30 million men affected by it.
There are numerous factors that cause erectile dysfunction, both physically and psychologically. Seeing a urologist is important as your quality of life and relationships can be impacted significantly.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
Here are some common causes of ED:
- Drinking alcohol or smoking
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
- Blood vessel blockage
- Metabolic syndrome
- Medication-related ED
- Anxiety, stress, or depression
Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects a sizable number of men around the world which is caused by various factors. However, the good news is that many of these factors are treatable.
Therefore, it is imperative to consult a physician once symptoms are noticed, as early intervention can prevent further complications. More importantly, it is vital to note that ED can sometimes be a manifestation of an underlying severe health condition like cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Thus, it is crucial to consider ED as a potential indicator of these health concerns and seek medical attention promptly.
Many men suffering from urinary incontinence believe that it is something they must live with and feel ashamed of.
To seek assistance for incontinence, men must initiate an open dialogue with their physician regarding the specific symptoms experienced. Only after such a conversation can the healthcare provider identify the specific type of incontinence and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.
Urinary incontinence (UI) is a condition that encompasses various types, each of which can lead to socially awkward outcomes. Stress incontinence, in particular, is a type of UI that occurs when pressure is exerted on the bladder during exercise, heavy lifting, sneezing, coughing, or laughing. Such exertion results in the involuntary release of urine, which can be a source of significant embarrassment.
Types of urinary incontinence in men
- Urge incontinence: When a person has a sudden and strong urge to urinate frequently, followed by releasing a small or large amount of urine from the bladder, it is called urge incontinence. It can be caused by minor issues such as an infection or a sign of a serious underlying health condition.
- Functional incontinence. This form of urinary incontinence is typically affected by an underlying condition, such as arthritis or cognitive impairment, which may impede an individual’s ability to reach a restroom promptly. It is characterized by the inability to control the release of urine, leading to involuntary loss of bladder control. This type of incontinence can be challenging for patients to manage, as it can lead to embarrassment for men and a reduced quality of life. Therefore, healthcare professionals need to be aware of this condition and provide appropriate support to patients experiencing such symptoms.
- Mixed incontinence. Mixed incontinence combines the above types. Don’t downplay your symptoms. Discuss them with your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment options.
When to See Your Urologist
Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about your urinary problem. They’ve seen it before and you’re not alone.
See a urologist if your symptoms are severe or impacting your daily life. They can suggest lifestyle changes or treatments. Remember, your doctor is your ally and if they make you feel ashamed or uncomfortable, find a new one.
Dr. David Samadi is the Director of Men’s Health and Urologic Oncology at St. Francis Hospital in Long Island. He’s a renowned and highly successful board certified Urologic Oncologist Expert and Robotic Surgeon in New York City, regarded as one of the leading prostate surgeons in the U.S., with a vast expertise in prostate cancer treatment and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy. Dr. Samadi is a medical contributor to NewsMax TV and is also the author of The Ultimate MANual, Dr. Samadi’s Guide to Men’s Health and Wellness, available online both on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit Dr. Samadi’s websites at robotic oncology and prostate cancer 911.