If you are thinking about having a vasectomy in the near future, there are many things to consider. Are you absolutely sure you don’t want any more children? Is your partner in full agreement with your decision? Are you positive you wouldn’t want to be a father if you met a new partner? Beyond those questions, it’s important to understand the type of procedure you would like to have. We are here to break down the differences between a no-scalpel and traditional vasectomy.
If you are a smoker, you most likely have been admonished for years by friends and relatives to quit. You are aware of the many health problems which can develop from smoking. Yet, you continue unabated. If it was easy to do, you would have already done it, right? Maybe the final impetus will be how smoking affects your risk of urologic conditions.
Testosterone is the hormone that makes men grow hair, have a deeper voice, and have a muscular build. It is produced by the testicles and peaks in early adulthood only to begin dropping 1 to 2% starting at about age 40. Is it important to treat low testosterone? In most cases, yes, but not always.
BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, is a condition many men deal with as they get older. An enlarged prostate gland creates multiple issues for men both during the day and at night. Before you resort to surgery, here are 7 BPH treatment options you may want to consider.
Can you believe we’re approaching the end of the year already? In November and December, our office will be closed on a few select days so that our staff can enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Continue reading “Holiday Hours”
We were proud to be a part of the world’s largest charity car show raising awareness for prostate cancer! Learn more about the event and our involvement by reading this article!
Those with urinary incontinence shouldn’t let that stop them from enjoying life and the activities they love. Traveling by car, train, or airplane can be a bit worrisome, but with a little forethought you can learn how to make traveling easier if you have urinary incontinence.
Let’s set the record straight right from the beginning, your urine should be pale yellow and clear. Anything else, take note.
If you’ve experienced kidney stones once, odds are you’ll want to learn how to prevent them from forming again.
While the small, hard masses can be caused by family history and certain medications, there are some preventative measures you can take to ensure you don’t experience kidney stone pain again:
- Stay hydrated. Drinking at least 12 – 8 oz glasses of water a day will dilute the mineral concentration in your urine and reduce your risk of developing kidney stones.
- Lower sodium intake. Too much salt in your diet can cause excess calcium in your bloodstream, which increases the chance of developing kidney stones.
- Limit oxalate-rich foods. Chocolate, nuts, spinach, sweet potatoes, rhubarb, wheat germ, and black Indian tea can increase your chances of developing oxalate stones.
- Decrease the amount of animal protein you’re consuming. Too much animal protein can cause uric acid stones.
- Eat foods high in phytate. Certain fiber-rich foods that are high in phytate can prevent calcium from crystallizing, which prevents stones from forming.
- Eat more citrus. Citrus fruits and juices, such as lemon juice, increase the amount of citrate in the urine, which decreases the chance of calcium stones from forming.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity increases your risk of developing kidney stones.
When to Talk to Your Doctor About Kidney Stones
If you had a kidney stone and want to prevent getting them in the future, it’s important to speak to your urologist about the steps you should take. Here are a few questions to ask your physician if you’re concerned about kidney stones:
- What foods can I eat?
- What foods should I avoid?
- Should I limit calcium intake?
- Should I take medication to prevent kidney stones from forming in the future?
- Are there any tests I can take to find out why I get kidney stones?