Health Concerns of Women
Women due to their intricate anatomy and ability to bring life into the world may experience a variety of illnesses which require specialist care, including:
- Urinary tract infections – A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system. Most infections involve the urinary tract, bladder and the urethra. Women are more prone to developing a UTI than men. This is because a female’s urethrae are significantly shorter than a man’s urethra. Infection in the bladder may be painful. However, serious problems can occur if a UTI spreads to your kidneys. UTI’s are usually treated with antibiotics.
- Pelvic organ prolapse – POP is the bulging of one or more of the pelvic organs into the vagina. These organs are the uterus, vagina, bowel and Women most commonly develop POP after childbirth, after a hysterectomy or following menopause.
- Post-menopausal issues – For most women, many of the inconvenient symptoms are experienced before menopause, such as hot flashes and mood swings. Many symptoms gradually ease off as the transition ends. However, women may struggle with lower estrogen levels, and as a consequence will be at an increased risk for a number of health conditions, like osteoporosis and heart disease. These risks can be reduced by medication and healthy lifestyle changes.
Men’s Urological Health Matters
During the aging process, our bodies change in ways we can’t always control and may create particular health issues, which include:
- Low Testosterone levels – Testosterone is an essential male hormone produced primarily in the testicles. It’s vital for sustaining many healthy bodily functions. The symptoms of low testosterone can include one or more of the following: Insomnia or disturbed sleep patterns, weight gain and reduced muscle bulk, loss of sexual drive, infertility and depression. There are many medicines and treatments to boost testosterone levels.
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia – BPH is a common problem in older men. The prostate is a small gland only found in men. It’s about the size of a walnut and gets a little bigger with age. An enlarged prostate can cause difficulty passing urine, passing urine more frequently and the sensation of not completely emptying your bladder. There are many treatments for benign prostatic hyperplasia ranging from lifestyle changes to medication and surgery.
- Urological cancers – Prostate, testicular, bladder, and kidney cancer all require early detection for the best chance of recovery. Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men. It mainly affects males over 50 and is rare in younger men. Regular check-ups, a healthy lifestyle and early detection can help reduce those statistics. The primary symptom of testicular cancer is a lump or a swelling in the testicle. It’s highly treatable with only one in 5000 men dying from the disease. Approximately 90 percent of kidney cancers are renal cell cancers affecting only one kidney. Typically, treating kidney cancer requires a radial or partial nephrectomy.
- Erectile dysfunction – ED is the inability to develop or maintain an erection during sexual activity. Most men sometimes fail to get or keep an erection; this can be due to stress, tiredness, anxiety or drinking too much alcohol. Erectile dysfunction as a rare occurrence isn’t anything to worry about, but if it happens frequently, it may be caused by physical or emotional problems and maybe a signal of a more significant health concern.
Reproductive and Sexual Health Matters
Many couples have difficulty trying to have children. The inability to conceive a child can be extremely distressing. At Advance Urology, we understand sexual and fertile wellness are an intimate part of a patient’s life. Infertility stems from a variety of sources and can be resolved through a number of treatments.
Advanced Urology understands how a chronic condition or new diagnosis can place unnecessary stress on the individual. We empathize with your situation and strive to calm your fears while managing your health. If you have recognized any of the above symptoms, it’s vital to contact us immediately. We can schedule your first appointment as soon as possible.