According to the Urology Care Foundation, approximately 60% of women and 12% of men will have at least one urinary tract infection, or UTI, during their lifetime. Not only that, the UCF says that UTIs cause more than 8.1 million visits to healthcare providers each year. That’s an enormous number.
Men go to their primary care physician when they’re sick, their dentist for cleanings and dental work, and an ophthalmologist to get their eyes checked. But who should they see for such sensitive issues as erectile dysfunction or a lump in their testicle? For these and other male-specific conditions, a urologist is the best choice.
At Westchester Health, an issue that some of our male patients suffer from is infertility, and we know how stressful and frustrating this can be for men. Fortunately, infertility is not always a permanent prognosis—it can be treated and in a great many instances, can be reversed. In this blog, we hope to dispel some myths and offer helpful information so that men with this condition can get help and hopefully, conceive a child.
If you have a possible urological issue, even if it seems like no big deal, it’s important to visit a urologist to get it checked out. If it’s minor, it can often be treated quickly and easily, and if it’s something more serious, the earlier it’s detected, the better your chances of a positive outcome and full recovery. At Westchester Health, we remind our male patients all the time, particularly as they get older, how crucial it is for them to pay attention to warning signs. To help men everywhere know what to look for, we put together this list of signs and symptoms to look out for.
Screening—which basically means testing for a disease in people without symptoms—can help find some types of cancer early, such as prostate cancer, when it’s more easily treated. But for some men, the risks of prostate cancer screening may outweigh the benefits. This is something we emphasize to our male patients at Westchester Health, make sure they understand both the risks and benefits before deciding to undergo screening. To clarify the subject, here is some helpful information.
Urinary incontinence (the loss of bladder control) is a common problem for many of my patients, but that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing for them. The severity of it can range from leaking urine when they cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that’s so sudden and strong that they often can’t get to a toilet in time. No matter where a person is along the spectrum of urinary incontinence, it’s not a pleasant condition. The good news is that for most people, simple lifestyle changes and/or medical treatment can ease the discomfort of incontinence, or even stop it altogether, without having to resort to surgery.
Did you know that 1 in 10 people will develop a kidney stone over the course of their lifetime? Although the exact reason isn’t known, one explanation may be that there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about what causes kidney stones. In order to de-bunk these false beliefs, shed light on what really causes kidney stones, and help people hopefully stay stone-free, we at Westchester Health offer these 6 important tips.
Do you experience burning pain when you go to the bathroom? Do you feel like you need to pee all the time? Do you have pain in your lower back, nausea, vomiting or dizziness? You may have a urinary tract infection, or UTI. Although some women are more prone to UTIs (especially those who have diabetes or are post-menopausal), most women can avoid future urinary infections by following these simple guidelines. Continue reading →
As a urologist, I see a lot of male patients with erectile dysfunction, or ED—the inability to achieve or sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. There are many factors that can cause ED, such as medications, chronic illnesses, poor blood flow to the penis, cigarette smoking, drinking too much alcohol or simply being too tired.
If you’re a male with a possible urological issue, even if it seems minor, it’s important to visit a Urologist to get it checked out.