Urological examination

A urologist is a doctor who is engaged in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the urinary sphere.

A urologist is a doctor who is engaged in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the urinary sphere. The urologist’s specialization is partly close to that of a gynecologist, but in no way replacing the latter.

Reasons to Visit a Urology Clinic

Those who regularly track their health habits are advised to visit a urologist once or twice a year for a routine examination. The following disturbing signs can be viewed as reasons for an urgent visit to the doctor:

  • unbearable urge to urinate;
  • discomfort when urinating (pain, cramps, etc.);
  • nagging pain in the lower abdomen or in the lumbar area;
  • impurities in the urine or a change in its color;
  • urinary incontinence during physical activity, regardless of its intensity (particularly during laughter, coughing, sneezing, lifting weights, walking, playing sports, sexual intercourse).

How to Prepare?

The first recommendation is that you need to take a shower (without using products for intimate hygiene: gels, soap, etc.). Also, you should wear fresh underwear and generally look neat. You can also take along a bottle of water, and a pre-filled urination diary. A sample or diary form is easy to find on the web. Meantime, water will be useful if you need to do an ultrasound of the urinary bladder. If it is filled with fluid, it will be better visible on a monitor, which will allow the doctor to make a more accurate conclusion about the condition of the organ. For the same reason, it is recommended not to go to the toilet for a couple of hours before the visit.

What Can You Expect?

A primary consultation of a urologist includes a survey. The doctor will ask about patient’s complaints and collect information for a medical history, including symptoms, course of the disease, lifestyle, chronic and hereditary disorders, medications taken, allergies, surgeries and so on. Then the doctor conducts a visual examination, and at the end of the visit, suggests a preliminary diagnosis and makes recommendations.

There is no need to be ashamed of your illness, to hide anything about it from the doctor. The more details the doctor knows, the easier it is for him to make the correct diagnosis and prescribe a suitable therapy. With the current level of urology development, there are practically no diseases of the urinary system that would not be curable by adequate treatment. The main thing is the desire of a person to take care of his or her health and the willingness to follow doctor’s recommendations.

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