Do You Need A Urologist?

Michelle Hopkins

A urologist is a specialized doctor who can help you with many problems. While anyone can visit a urologist, they are commonly associated with those assigned male at birth. If you would like to know more about urology and if you need a urologist, keep reading.

What Parts of the Body Do Urologists Treat?            

A urologist treats the urinary system, which filters your blood to remove waste, salt, nitrogen, toxins, and excess water. It then removes those waste products via urination. If something prevents the system from removing this waste effectively and efficiently, it could make you sick and prevent cells from working properly. The urinary system includes the:

  • Bladder
  • Kidneys
  • Adrenal glands
  • Ureters
  • Urethra

On top of that, they are typically the go-to doctor for reproductive system issues in people assigned male at birth. Those assigned female at birth may also use a urologist for reproductive issues, but they may also use a gynecologist. These systems are closely liked in all genders, so it may be best to see a urologist in some cases.

What Conditions Do Urologists Treat?      

Because they handle the urinary tract and reproductive systems, they diagnose and treat many conditions. Some common urinary tract issues they treat include urinary tract infection, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, and painful bladder. However, they also treat more aggressive issues like kidney stones, enlarged prostate, and cancers of the urinary tract system, including the prostate.

Of course, they also treat reproductive issues like:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Low sperm count
  • Low testosterone

What Are the Signs You May Need a Urologist?

Some urinary and reproductive tract issues present little to no signs. Kidney abnormalities, for example, can indicate kidney disease, but you may not know you have these abnormalities until the doctor performs a routine test.

Many symptoms cause life-altering problems, pain, and complications. Some of the most obvious signs you need a urologist include blood in your urine, painful urination, general pelvic pain, difficulty urinating, leaking urine, and pain during intercourse. Less noticeable signs include:

  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Difficulty making it to the bathroom
  • Inability to impregnate  
  • Inability to fully empty the bladder
  • Erectile dysfunction.

If you have any pain or issues with your urinary tract system, it may be time to schedule a visit with the urologist. A urologist can also help those assigned male at birth with fertility issues and erectile dysfunction. If you would like to know more, consider scheduling an appointment. For more information, contact a company like the Nashville Healthcare Center.