The male reproductive system and the male and female urinary systems are the areas of expertise of urologists. The first time you see a urologist doesn’t have to be a scary or embarrassing experience, despite any preconceived notions you might have regarding the nature of this specialty.

Your primary care physician probably wants a second opinion on a medical matter if they have recommended a urologist to you. Specialists help dig further into specific urological issues and offer specialized treatment choices that your physician might not have access to.

Taking your visit seriously with a urologist is crucial, even though a referral to the specialist doesn’t always indicate that something urgent is happening. Here is why you should see a urologist and what your initial session will probably entail if you want to know what to anticipate during your first visit.

When to see a urologist

The idea that urologists only care for male patients is a widespread one. But a urologist treats both men and women for various health issues involving the reproductive and urinary systems. Your urologist is an authority in the urinary system, which comprises the kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra (the tube drains urine out of the ladder).

It is advisable for males who experience the following conditions to consult a urologist from an accredited hospital and surgery center.

  • Problems such as pain or the presence of blood when urinating
  • Sudden changes in urine, such as unusual smell and color
  • Urinary leaks or difficulties passing urine
  • Renal stones or overall kidney pain
  • Abnormalities about the penis, prostate, or testicles
  • Sperm count is low
  • Cancer of the testicles, penis, bladder, kidneys, or prostate
  • Imbalance in hormones, such as low testosterone

Female patients are urged to contact a urologist for the following reasons:

  • Pain or the presence of blood when urinating
  • Urine’s sudden changes in smell, color, or odor
  • Urinary leaks or difficulties passing urine
  • Bladder conditions such as an overactive bladder (OAB)
  • Recurring urinary tract infections
  • Renal stones or overall kidney pain
  • Cancer of the bladder or kidneys
  • Low sex drive

What to expect on your appointment with a urologist

You will probably be required to provide a urine sample during check-in to conduct a urinalysis. Bringing a full bladder to your visit is always advised. The urinalysis results make it possible for the doctor to see the functioning of your urinary system’s organs.

You may complete a questionnaire to describe your symptoms further. Note the timing, rate the intensity of your symptoms, and put as much information as possible in this. Before the visit, it is always a good idea to keep track of this data and bring it with you. Inquire about your symptoms and any other questions you may have.

To make a diagnosis, a urologist may perform a physical test such as a digital rectal exam or pelvic exam. After that, they will talk about what they learned and potential solutions. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor might advise a course of medication, physical therapy, or surgery.

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