As a urologist, I work with patients on a variety of topics that they find embarrassing. I urge all patients to find a doctor that they are comfortable with, because discussing your health openly with your doctor is incredibly important. If you don't feel like you have a good rapport with your doctor, keep looking! Remember, as doctors, we talk about "embarrassing" subjects all day long, so what may feel embarrassing to you is most likely routine for us.
So, what are some common ‘embarrassing’ questions that I get asked? Read below to find out:
How do I know if I have low testosterone?
Symptoms of low testosterone include fatigue, erectile dysfunction, lack of sexual desire, and/or feelings of depression. If you have these symptoms, your doctor can check your testosterone levels. Low testosterone is confirmed with two morning testosterone levels that are low.
Can hot tubs cause infertility?
Hot tubs, saunas, and whirlpools can raise the temperature of the testicles enough to where even one exposure can lower your fertility for up to three months.
Can a urinary tract infection (UTI) cause erectile dysfunction, and is it transmittable to my sexual partner?
No, to both. A UTI can cause burning with urination, or sometimes blood in the urine. However, it should not cause erectile dysfunction, and it is not transmittable via sexual intercourse.
How do you know if you have a kidney stone?
Signs of a kidney stone include severe, intermittent flank and back pain often accompanied with nausea and vomiting. If you suspect you have a kidney stone, contact your doctor promptly.
Is a vasectomy reversible?
A vasectomy is reversible with success rates of up to 95%, but any patient receiving a vasectomy should undergo the procedure assuming it is permanent. The success of a vasectomy reversal cannot be guaranteed.
Get your questions answered: schedule an appointment with a urologist today!