When to seek urology care

March 8, 2023

Knowing when to schedule an appointment with a urologist isn't always easy, and for some, it may be intimidating. However, when you know what to expect and when to see a urologist, it can save you discomfort, and, in some instances, it can save your life.  

What do urologists treat?

Urologists are experts in diagnosing and treating problems of the urinary tract, in both men and women, as well as the male reproductive system. Here are some of the more common conditions that urologists treat: 

When cases are complex, a urologist often works collaboratively with other medical specialists including oncologists, endocrinologists, gynecologists, and colorectal surgeons. 

When you should see a urologist

If you have any of the following issues with the urinary tract or male reproductive system, it’s time to check in with a urologist:  

  • Trouble urinating, including getting started or having a strong urine flow, pain, cloudy urine, or urine that is brown, red, or pink.  

  • Changes in frequency of urination or the feeling like you can't empty your bladder and always have to go.  

  • Urinating when you cough, laugh or sneeze or having an overwhelming urge to urinate that happens so suddenly you're unable to get to a toilet in time.  

  • A feeling of heaviness in or around your vagina for women 

  • Trouble getting or keeping an erection for men 

  • Urologists can also help make sure you don’t have cancer, especially if you are over 65, since the most commonly early prostate and kidney cancer patients have no symptoms 

Depending on the diagnosis, treatments may include medication, bladder Botox, urethral bulking agents, testosterone pellets, or surgical removal of cancer. Some procedures can be performed in the office or as outpatient surgery where you can go home the same day. More complex conditions may require an additional length of stay in the hospital. Your provider or care team will work with you to educate you on your treatment options and together you will decide on what is best for you. 

What to expect during your visit to a urologist

After you check in, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire to provide as much information as possible. We recommend that you come to your appointment with a list of questions and symptoms and a full bladder for a urine sample.  

Your provider will also discuss your medical history and any medications that you are taking. Based on your conversation, the urologist may order tests to help diagnose your condition.  

From pre-screening, testing, and diagnosis, to comprehensive, individualized treatment plans, Centura caregivers treat the whole person, not just the disease.