Though both men and women share similar urologic health concerns, there are certain conditions that predominantly only affect men–primarily due to simple biological differences. These conditions can be uncomfortable, even painful, and can impact all aspects of life. Not only do these conditions present with symptoms that can make life difficult, they may also be an indication of other medical conditions.
Therefore, it’s important to address all urologic issues with an experienced urologist before complications arise.
The prostate plays an important role in the male reproductive system. For example, the prostate excretes a fluid that helps keep sperm alive in the acidic vaginal environment. As men age, the prostate can grow in a benign way (benign prostatic hyperplasia), which can result in voiding issues (e.g., slow flow, urgency, etc.) Aging also increases the risk of prostate cancer developing.
Bladder & Urinary Care
Though bladder issues are more often thought of as a female health issue, men are just as susceptible to the same conditions, especially as they age. These include:
Stone Disease Care
Stones in the urologic system are fairly common and occur when mineral deposits or mineral and acid salts crystallize and form deposits that may result in a blockage. In fact, according to the American Urologic Association, urinary stone prevalence is estimated at three percent in all individuals, and it affects up to 12 percent of the population during their lifetime. The stones can be found in the bladder, kidneys or urinary tract.
Reproductive health is a sensitive subject. There are a number of factors that can contribute to poor reproductive health in men, such as low testosterone, lifestyle choices, and surgery. Additionally, patients may opt to manage their reproductive ability by undergoing a vasectomy or vasectomy reversal.
Male patients should seek the help of a specialist when it comes to reproductive health, especially with regards to issues such as:
Urologic Cancer Care
The key to the best possible outcome for urologic cancer is early detection with the help of a urologist. The urologist will create a customized treatment plan for each individual’s needs, which may include referral to a specialized cancer treatment center.
Urologic cancers in men include: