So you have a urology appointment coming up. Be prepared with a list of
questions to make your visit smoothly. Whether you’re seeing your
urologist for a regular check-up or because you have a problem, asking
questions can help you both plan for a healthy future.
Here are some suggestions:
• When do I need a prostate exam? Your urologist will ask about family
history and other risk factors to determine when the time is right for
you. It’s helpful to gather information about your family’s
medical history prior to your appointment to have a more informed conversation.
• What is an enlarged prostate? Commonly referred to as BPH, it is
a non-cancerous growth of the prostate gland. As it gets bigger, it begins
to block urine flow.
• What are the symptoms of an enlarged prostate? Symptoms vary in
every man and tend to gradually worsen over time. And, the size of a prostate
does not necessarily determine the severity of the symptoms.
• How is an enlarged prostate diagnosed? Your urologist will ask you
detailed questions about the symptoms you might be experiencing and perform
a physical exam and screenings like a prostate-specific antigen (PSA)
test or digital rectal exam (DRE).
• How many times a day should I be urinating? The average person heads
for the bathroom 4-8 times per day. If you think you’re urinating
more than usual, keep track of how often you are going and tell your doctor.
He or she may test you for a urinary tract infection, depending on your
symptoms. If you have trouble urinating, it could the sign of an enlarged prostate.
• What should I be eating? Talk with your urologist about what foods
are best for your sexual health, healthy urination, to prevent kidney
stones and to help prevent an enlarged prostate.
Is it time for a prostate exam?
Visit www.northoaks.org/prostate to request an appointment with our board-certified urologists or to learn more.