Our urinary system, otherwise known as the urinary tract, is a complex and important system that houses the kidneys, ureters, the bladder, and the urethra. The urinary tract is responsible for storing and releasing urine (liquid waste), as well as keeping the right balance of water and chemicals in our body. Urology focuses on the care of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate, the urethra, and other concerns such as reproductive health.
Do we ever stop to think how important our urological health really is? We tend to take for granted our abilities to urinate properly, being able to process the food we eat, what we drink, and the ability to reproduce. So, when something doesn’t go quite as we planned, and symptoms are not always present immediately, we might not stop to consider that there could be a real problem, and when it is time to go see a urologist.
Men and women can all be affected by different urological conditions. For women, if these problems go untreated, they can turn into conditions such as incontinence, pelvic pain, vaginal prolapse, and urinary tract infections. In the case of men’s urological health, there are many conditions having to do with the male organs and reproductive system, including: the penis, testes, scrotum, and prostate. Among the more common conditions related to urology for men are kidney stones, prostate cancer, overactive bladder, erectile dysfunction, and low testosterone.
Some urological conditions have symptoms, but they often don’t show right away. However, if you are having the following systems it is crucial that you schedule an appointment with your urologist:
- You have hematuria, meaning blood in your urine
- Pain of burning when you pee, which could indicate a UTI (Urinary Tract infection)
- Have to frequently run to the bathroom, or have trouble going
- Severe constipation
- Prostate enlargement
- Testicular pain
- Unable to get or maintain an erection
The best way to keep your urological health in top-shape is to eat a healthy diet, exercise, and just be proactive about getting check-ups. If you experience symptoms, it is important to take the first step, and talk to your urologist. By trade, a urologist is a professional and discreet physician, able to respect your privacy and be understanding about such personal concerns.
Dr. Avila is a board-certified urologist who has extensive experience helping patients with men’s health concerns. Call Ironwood Urology at (480) 961-2323 to request an appointment with Dr. Desi Avila, or request an appointment online.