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.
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.
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
- Urinary and kidney stones
- Chronic kidney disease
- Bladder prolapse
- Interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome)
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.
Originally posted on HelloFlo.