Written on January 30, 2023 by Gillian Singer, MPH, Sexuality Educator & Certified Sexologist. To give you technically accurate, evidence-based information, content published on the Everlywell blog is reviewed by credentialed professionals with expertise in medical and bioscience fields.
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As men age, their risk of developing certain urological conditions increases. This is why it is important for men over 40 years old to start receiving urological care regularly, even if it’s preventative. A urologist is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of conditions that affect the urinary tract and male reproductive system. Once a male turns 40, they are at a higher risk of a variety of conditions.
“Urology is a part of health care that deals with diseases of the male and female urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra),” says the Urology Care Foundation. “It also deals with the male organs that are able to make babies (penis, testes, scrotum, prostate, etc.). Since health problems in these body parts can happen to everyone, urologic health is important” .
You should seek urological care if you are already experiencing symptoms of a urological condition, but you should also seek urological care as a preventative measure due to the increased risk of a variety of conditions for males.
While your symptoms may seem like nothing but an annoyance, ignoring potential symptoms can lead to discomfort, pain, and, in some cases, even life-threatening issues. Below are six indications that it may be time to seek a urologist’s advice, according to Keck Medicine of USC :
The following are just a few of the conditions that are common for males over the age of 40. Others include benign prostatic hyperplasia (non-cancerous prostate growth), which affects 90% of men by age 85, testicular changes, and blood in urine .
The prostate is a small gland that surrounds the urethra and contributes fluid to semen. The Mayo Clinic offers, “Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Many prostate cancers grow slowly and are confined to the prostate gland, where they may not cause serious harm. However, while some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or even no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly” .
The NIH lists the following symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) :
ED can be caused by a variety of factors, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and hypertension. A healthcare provider can help to identify the cause of erectile dysfunction and recommend treatment options.
Urinary incontinence is characterized by involuntary urination or defecation, or the inability to hold one’s urine. It’s common in middle-aged and aging people. It can be caused by a variety of factors, such as neurological conditions and urinary tract infections, and it can be a side effect of certain medications.
“Kidney stones are hard deposits made of minerals and salts that form inside your kidneys,” explains The Mayo Clinic . Diet, excess body weight, some medical conditions, and certain supplements and medications are among the many causes of kidney stones. Kidney stones can affect any part of your urinary tract — from your kidneys to your bladder. Often, stones form when the urine becomes concentrated, allowing minerals to crystallize and stick together.
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