A urologist is a doctor who specialises in the genitourinary tract, which consists of the kidneys, ureters, urethra, bladder, prostate gland, male and female reproductive organs, and male and female fertility. Wondering when you might need to see a urologist? If you happen to experience any of the following symptoms, it is best to get checked out by one.
5) Blood in urine
Urine is typically yellow in colour, so if it is brown, pink or tea coloured, call your doctor immediately. There is a high possibility it contains blood. This can be due to over-vigorous exercise or an injury but it could also be a symptom of serious illnesses such as infections, kidney stones or cancer.
4) Poor bladder control
Urinary incontinence is when a person cannot prevent urine from leaking out. This can range from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze to having a strong and sudden urge to urinate. However, a frequent need to urinate could be a sign of something more severe such as a urinary tract infection (UTI). If it interrupts your daily routine, do see a urologist.
3) Sexual problems
Erectile dysfunction is the inability to maintain an erection and the reasons for that can range from psychological distress to atherosclerosis. It is important to be examined by a urologist as this could be a sign of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, bladder stones, sexually transmitted diseases, kidney stones and other serious medical conditions.
2) Pelvic pain
If you’re experiencing pain in the area between your belly button and groin, it is possible you could have digestive issues. However, if the pain is prolonged, frequent and severe, see a urologist. This is possibly a symptom of prostate inflammation, sexually transmitted diseases, infection or cancer.
1)Testicular pain or mass
If you are feeling pain in your testicles or have felt a mass for a prolonged period of time, make an appointment with a urologist. Testicular cancer is rare but possible. It is also one of the most curable forms of cancer, especially if caught early.