If you have these 7 symptoms, it's time to see a urologist

Jan 11, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. ET
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Looking back, I wish I went years ago. I’ve written about my frequent UTIs before and previously estimated that I’ve suffered from over 100 infections since becoming sexually active. Still, I was convinced there was nothing more that could be done for my ongoing urinary issue.

Indignantly, I accepted my proclivity for developing UTIs post-romp-in-the-sack, and believed my gynecologist was already doing everything possible for my sexual and urinary health.

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Until my mom finally questioned it six years later. She told me she was seeing a urologist for her UTI problems — which were mainly related to menopause — and that she thought it was time I accepted that my gynecologist's solutions had maxed out and that I seek the help of a specialist.

Previously, it hadn’t even occurred to me that going one step beyond my gynecologist — to a specialist who specifically dabbled in urinary infections and other nether-regions issues — was an option. When my gynecologist said there was nothing more to do — that I’m simply “prone” — I believed him.

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Ever since going to my first appointment with a urologist, I haven’t gotten any UTIs — my chronic, six-year problem that happened every single time I had sexual intercourse, is now solved.

So how do you know if you’re in the same boat — if it’s time for you to ditch the gynecologist and go see a specialist instead?

Urologists treat the following issues:

  • Bladder, uterine or kidney cancer
  • Pelvic pain
  • UTIs
  • Incontinence
  • Urinary and kidney stones
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Bladder prolapse
  • Interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome)

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If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms or warning signs below, it may be time to make your appointment:

  • The overwhelming sensation to pee frequently
  • Leaking pee (incontinence)
  • Pain during sex
  • Lowered libido
  • Pain during urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain in back/sides/kidneys

Do you have any of the symptoms above? Let us know in the comments below if you’ve been to a urologist before.

By Stephanie Osmanski

Originally posted on HelloFlo.

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