Male Infertility

5 Reasons to See a Urologist

5 Reasons to See a Urologist

Gulfshore Urology Reasons to See a UrologistA primary care physician may not always refer a patient when they should. Sometimes you have to make that executive decision for yourself, which is why it’s important to know the reasons to see your urologist.

A urologist is a specialist who centers their practice on treating disorders involving the male and female urinary tract and male reproductive system. This includes a wide array of concerns involving your urinary tract, bladder, prostate, kidneys, fertility, sexual dysfunction, and certain cancers.

However, there are certain problems in which a visit to your urologist is an absolute must! Gulfshore Urology has put together a list of 5 reason to see a urologist so you know when it’s time to pick up the phone and make an appointment.

Blood in Urine

Hematuria, or blood in your urine, is often a sign that something is seriously wrong. You never want to wait to see if it simply “goes away.” Bloody urine can be a sign of a urinary tract infection (UTI) or kidney stones, both of which can quickly become a serious problem. It can also be an early sign of bladder or kidney cancer. Experiencing this once is enough for you to pick up the phone and make an appointment with your urologist.

Issues with Bladder Control

Also known as urinary incontinence, struggles with bladder control can affect patients of all ages. Women are twice as likely to develop these issues as men. Bladder control issues can include the frequent need to urinate, leaking, trouble urinating, or pain when urinating. There is also a syndrome called interstitial cystitis in which the bladder feels as if it is always full. This form of discomfort may cause patients to feel the need to urinate as often as 60 times a day. Causes for these bladder control issues can vary and are best diagnosed by your urologist, not a primary care physician.

Male Infertility

If you’re a man have trouble getting your partner pregnant, you should seek the help of a urologist to diagnose and treat the condition. Male infertility is due to a low sperm count, sperm abnormalities, erectile dysfunction, or blockages that prevents the sperms’ delivery. There are multiple lifestyle, health, and mental factors that may play a part in male infertility. A urologist will run a series of tests to help determine the cause and prescribe a solution.

Pain or Abnormalities in the Male Reproductive Organ

If you suffer from penis or testicular pain that does not resolve itself within a week or two, it’s time to see a urologist. Penile pain can include every aspect of the organ: the base, head, shaft, and foreskin. Feelings such as burning or throbbing may be signs of a UTI or another form of bacterial infection. It could also be a sign of penile cancer. If you experience continual discomfort or find a mass within the penis or testacles, you should immediately consult a urological professional.

Erectile Dysfunction

The inability to achieve or maintain an erection is an uncomfortable subject. However, it is not the type of issue you want to try and “will away.” Due to the complicated nature of achieving an erection, it’s you’ll want to consult a urological specialist. A self-referral may be necessary instead of waiting on a referral from your primary care physician. The causes of erectile dysfunction can be contributed to one or more physical or psychological factors which can be identified through a series of questions and tests.

Think You Have a Reason to See a Urologist?

If you’re ever in doubt as to whether you should see a urologist, pick up the phone and ask! Gulfshore Urology has office locations in Marco Island, Naples, East Naples, and Bonita Springs. Give us a call at 239-333-3200 if you have any inquiries or would like to setup an appointment.

  Rolando R. Rivera   Jul 27, 2016   Erectile Dysfunction, Male Infertility, Urinary Incontinence, Urology   Comments Off on 5 Reasons to See a Urologist   Read More

3 Factors that Cause Male Infertility

GS_3 Factors Male InfertilityFor men looking to enter fatherhood, it is important to know how your health plays a factor in fertility. Male infertility can be caused by a number of different environmental, medical, and lifestyle influences, some of which can be controlled.

Getting a partner pregnant is a marathon for the male sperm, which must be healthy and abundant enough to be carried into the semen and exert the mobility to reach and fertilize the egg.

If you’re a man struggling to get your partner pregnant, then consider these fertility factors:

Medical Factors that Cause Male Infertility

Men who are struggling with male infertility should first consult their doctor. There are a number of health issues that can reduce your odds of producing a child, including (but not limited to):

  • Trouble Performing Sexual Intercourse
    This includes erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, anatomical abnormalities, and even psychological problems.
  • Side Effects of Medication
    Certain medications such as steroids, cancer treatments, and testosterone replacement therapy can produce side effects such as reduced sperm production.
  • Infection
    Infections like epididymitis, orchitis, and certain STD’s can impact sperm production or cause scarring that reduces the size of the sperms’ passageways. It’s important to treat infections immediately, as they can cause permanent testicular damage.
  • Tumors
    Both benign and cancerous tumors as well as their treatments can affect the pituitary glands and male reproductive organs.
  • Testicular Disorders
    This includes undescended testicles and other disorders that create a hormone imbalance within the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands.
  • Prior Surgical Procedures
    Multiple different surgeries can impact male fertility, both intentionally and as a side effect. This includes vasectomies, inguinal hernia repairs, scrotal surgeries, testicular surgeries, large abdominal surgeries, and prostate surgeries.
  • Genetic Defects
    There are a wide range of genetic defects that can impact male fertility, including chromosome defects, Celiac disease and defects of the tubules.
  • Varicocele
    Varicocele causes a swelling of the veins that drain the testicles. This common cause is usually reversible.

Lifestyle Factors that Cause Male Infertility

Just as influential as medical factors, your lifestyle choices can either increase or reduce your sperm count and fertility. It’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid addictive habits, such as:

  • Alcohol Abuse
    Drinking alcohol frequently and in high volume lowers testosterone levels and sperm production. These effects can be reversed when you cut down on your alcohol consumption. Three half-pint glasses of alcohol per day should be the limit to avoid side-effects.
  • Smoking Tobacco
    Cigarettes reduce sperm count and damage sperm, among other health hazards.
  • Using Illicit Drugs
    Illicit drugs such as marijuana and cocaine can reduce both the quality and quantity of male sperm.
  • Steroids
    Long-term anabolic steroid use can cause testicles to shrink and dramatically lower sperm production, decreasing fertility and even causing sterility.
  • Obesity
    Severe weight gain can cause a change in hormones that directly impacts your sperm quality.
  • Stress
    Long-term stress can reduce your sperm count by interfering with the hormones needed to produce them.

Environmental Factors that Cause Male Infertility

While the impact of environmental factors may not be immediately obvious, they play a prevalent role in your health, including male fertility. Make sure you avoid these elements both at home and in the workplace:

  • Chemical and Metal Exposure
    Studies have shown benzenes, toluene, xylene, herbicides, pesticides, organic solvents, lead, and other chemical and metal elements can reduce male sperm production.
  • Radiation Exposure
    High doses of radiation can poses several medical concerns, including a permanent reduction in your sperm count.
  • Overheating
    Whether you’re exposed to elevated temperatures or produce them through tight clothing or prolonged exposure to laptops or other heat producing technology placed upon your lap, overheating can temporarily reduce sperm production and quality.

Is Male Infertility Reversible?

Depending on the diagnosis, the effects may be reversible. However, in cases where health factors permanently render a male patient infertile doesn’t mean that assisted reproductive techniques such as in vitro fertilization can’t be used to induce a pregnancy.

If you’re struggling with male infertility, make an appointment with your doctor today. After diagnosing the cause of male infertility, you and your doctor can discuss what options are available to increase fertility or help induce pregnancy through medical procedures.

  Rolando R. Rivera   Mar 10, 2016   Male Infertility   Comments Off on 3 Factors that Cause Male Infertility   Read More