When you have issues or pain in the areas of your kidneys, ureters, prostate, or bladder, a urologist is the most specialized doctor to help identify and treat the cause.

Seeing your primary care doctor should be a regular part of your wellness routine, but when it comes to seeing a specialist, it can sometimes be hard to know who to see and when especially when it comes to urologists. 

When you have issues or pain in the areas of your kidneys, ureters, prostate, or bladder, a urologist is the most specialized doctor to help identify and treat the cause. Both men and women might find the need to visit their urologist from time to time, but it may be time to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing any of the below five issues. 

  1. Incontinence

Especially among older adults, incontinence, or the difficulty of controlling urine flow, is a serious concern.  Luckily, this is a common issue that offers various treatment options and therapies to help reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. 

  1. Frequent Urination

If you find that you are going to the bathroom more often than usual or losing sleep because of the number of times you wake up to use the restroom, even if your bladder is not complete, it’s time to see your urologist. Frequent urination can be a symptom of various conditions such as an enlarged prostate or a urinary tract infection. Seeking treatment for the cause of your frequent urination can help ease some of your symptoms. 

  1. Blood in Your Urine

When your urine is cloudy, dark, or has traces of blood, it’s a sign that there is potentially an issue. Often it might just be an infection; in other cases, it could be a sign of something more serious like cancer. Either way, checking with your urologist is critical. 

  1. Kidney Stones

Kidney stones can cause excruciating pain that sends many to the emergency room. Even if you’ve sought emergency care or have a stone that’s passed, seeing a urologist should still occur. Doing so can help ensure the best treatment options are available and that recurring kidney stones are limited.

  1. Pelvic Pain

Kidney stones or an infection could cause pain in the pelvic area. However, in some cases, it could be a sign of something more serious such as bladder or kidney cancer. Either way, if you are experiencing consistent pelvic pain, your urologist is capable of diagnosing and providing a personalized treatment plan for you.

 

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