When it comes to addressing issues that arise “down below”, many men try to avoid a medical appointment due to embarrassment. However, the truth is that men encounter common urological issues at some point in their life. Young or old, it’s important to know the symptoms of some of the more common infections or conditions should they arise.
After all, not every urological issues comes from old age! Several of our patients are in their 20’s and 30’s, proving that you’re never too young to be aware of what’s going on inside of your body.
A Few Statistics About Urology and Men’s Health
In many ways, men and women are wired differently. This is especially true in the field of urology as the physical anatomy of men and women differ, making each more resilient or more prone to different types of issues. Before we dive into the most common issues we see walking through the door, let’s touch on some of the statistics regarding urology and men’s health.
- Most men who develop testicular cancer do so between the ages of 20 and 55 (The Urology Foundation)
- 25% of all couples’ inability to become pregnant is caused by male infertility, and 75% of male infertility cases are caused by abnormal sperm (The Urology Foundation)
- Men who are obese, physically inactive, older, experience chronic coughing, have BPH, or a history of prostate cancer are more prone to developing urinary incontinence (NIH)
- Men who have diabetes are 2-3 times more likely to develop erectile dysfunction (NIH)
Both genetics and your daily habits can have a direct impact on your urological health, which is why it’s important to take care of your body through proper diet, physical exercise, and regular check-ups.
A Few Common Urological Issues in Men
While urology certainly isn’t limited to this list of conditions, it does encompass some of the most common issues that we see in our male patients on a regular basis. We hope that through familiarity, you’ll come to understand that you are not alone in your experience and that it’s important to seek help from a urologist should you experience symptoms like these.
Whether you’re having trouble achieving an erection, maintaining an erection, or experiencing delayed ejaculation, rest assured you are not alone. Patients young and old have come to us for answers to these difficult issues, and we welcome them without judgment.
The cause of erectile dysfunction is broad, with many different influencing factors. Because this act is tied to physical, psychological, and emotional triggers, the cause can be any one or combination of causes. Some possibilities include certain medical conditions, obesity, depression, stress, alcoholism, drug abuse, sleep disorders, or side effects to certain surgeries or medical treatments.
If you experience symptoms of erectile dysfunction, a urologist can ask a series of questions and run tests to help identify the cause, as well as provide treatment options.
Did you know that men undergo two periods of prostate growth in their life? One is the obvious development undergone through puberty. The second phase begins typically in your mid-twenties.
How much your prostate enlarges during this second phase may cause the prostate to press on the urethra and weaken the bladder. As you get older, this problem can get worse. Men in their 50’s are most commonly diagnosed with enlarged prostate.
Symptoms include incontinence, difficulty urinating, frequent urination, painful or bloody urine, or the inability to completely empty one’s bladder. By seeking a urologist for diagnosis and treatment, you may receive medication as well as recommended lifestyle changes to help you reduce your symptoms. In severe cases, your urologist may recommend a surgical procedure to correct the issue.
A proper diagnosis is important, as many of these symptoms may also be a result of another common issue known as urinary incontinence (UI). UI can be the result of damaged nerves, weakened pelvic muscles, or other health issues.
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s)
While UTI’s are most common in women, men can and do develop them, too. UTI’s are caused by bacteria that fails to get flushed out of the urinary tract. This often occurs from an enlarged prostate, kidney stones, diabetes, catheter insertion, or health conditions that weaken one’s immune system.
Many of the symptoms of a UTI in a man are the same as the one’s experienced by women: a constant urge to urinate, abdominal or lower back pain, foul smelling, bloody, or cloudy urine, and a painful or burning sensation while urinating. However, there is one that is unique, and that is discharge seeping from the penis.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a doctor for treatment. He or she will likely be prescribed an antibiotic to kill off the bacteria.
Gulfshore Urology is a Urology Office located in Southwest Florida. We have locations in Naples, Bonita Springs, and Marco Island. To set an appointment, please call 239-333-3200.