What are the most common male urological problems? As men age, they develop various urological problems that disrupt with quality of life. People especially around the age of 40 develop these conditions. However, this doesn’t mean that young people can’t have these problems. Many people complain that they suffer from building a relationship because of urological problems. Fortunately, these problems are treatable.
Common Urology Problems in Men
Here are some common male urological problems that you must know:
1. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH is a condition where the prostate grows bigger. Usually, older men suffer from an enlarged prostate. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland between the penis and bladder. Although this condition is not dangerous, it causes urination problems. Symptoms of this condition are:
- Urge to urinate
- Weak urination stream
- Difficulty to urinate
- Continuous dribbling
- Fullness in the bladder
2. Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Erectile dysfunction is a common condition when a man loses his ability to get or maintain an erection. A urologist treats this condition after proper evaluation. They identify the underlying condition before suggesting the treatment plan. The common treatment program includes:
- Testosterone replacement
- Psychological counseling
Furthermore, a urologist might also suggest lifestyle changes such as reducing stress, increasing exercise and losing weight.
3. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
If someone experiences cloudy burning and painful urination, they might have a urinary tract infection. A urologist conducts a urine test to diagnose the condition. A person with UTI might experience these symptoms as well:
- Urgency to urinate
- Low grade fewer
- Cloudy urine
- Frequent urination
- Trouble urinating
- Burning sensation while urinating
Bacteria cause urinary tract infections in any location in the urinary system. This system consists of the urethra, bladder, and kidneys. The infection commonly affects the bladder in men, which is a tube that flows urine outside the body. A urologist will prescribe antibiotics to treat UTIs.
4. Kidney Stones
Kidney stones are another common condition in men. Urologists refer to this condition as urolithiasis, nephrolithiasis, and renal calculi. The stones are minerals and salts deposits in the kidneys. Men develop kidney stones because of medical conditions, excess body weight, and certain supplements. Kidney stones may develop in any part of the urinary tract. This means from the kidneys to the bladder. The stones usually develop due to a high concentration of urine, which develops crystals and mineral deposits.
Kidney stones treatment depends on the size of the stone. Some patients with small kidney stones can pass the stones through urination. However, the process of naturally extracting kidney stones is extremely painful. The doctor will suggest excessive water intake and medication boost the extraction process. Urinating kidney stones is not a dangerous process and doesn’t involve any damage to the urinary system.
In other instances, the doctor will perform surgery to eliminate stones from the body. Surgery is required when the stones are large or the deposits block the urinary tract. This can result in serious complications such as urinary infections. During surgery, the urologist will break the stones into small pieces using a sharp-beam laser. The laser heats the stone and breaks it into tiny pieces so the patient can eliminate it through urination.
5. Male Infertility
Male infertility occurs due to abnormal sperm function, low sperm production, or blockage. As a result, the sperms fail to leave the body. Common causes of male infertility are:
- Chronic health problems
- Unhealthy lifestyle choices
Male infertility is a condition when a man loses his ability to conceive a child. The condition can be frustrating and stressful and lead to depression and anxiety. However, there are many treatments available to cure male infertility. A neurologist will suggest an effective treatment according to the cause of infertility.
6. Overactive Bladder
As the name suggests, an overactive bladder is a condition with a frequent urge to urinate. Patients suffering from overactive bladder might find it hard to control their urge to urinate. This may lead to incontinence, which is the involuntary loss of urine.
In this condition, the bladder nerves and muscles fail to function. This results in frequent and inaccurate urinating signals. Since the brain receives inaccurate signals it contracts the bladder muscles. So, a patient with an overactive bladder loses control over their bladder.
On average a healthy person urinates four to seven times a day. But, patients suffering from OAB might urinate about 30 times a day. Sometimes, they might not reach the bathroom before they urinate.
Common Male Urological Problems: Conclusion
If you think that you might have any of the above mentioned male urological problems, you should consult with a professional urologist. An experienced urologist carefully diagnoses the patient before they prescribe medication and treatment.
If you are looking for an expert, you should contact our clinic, Fifth Avenue Urology, or give us a call at 212-675-3186. You can set an appointment with our specialized urologist, Dr. Yaniv Larish. So, contact us now.