Pelvic Floor Therapy uses pelvic muscle exercises in which the patient can monitor muscle response on a video screen. This greatly enhances the effectiveness of pelvic floor muscle exercise regimens. It is non-invasive and painless. In addition, painless low voltage muscle stimulation (e-stim) is sometimes needed.
Children who wet the bed beyond age 5 generally have bladders that need more time to develop before they can hold urine throughout the night. Some children also sleep so deeply that they don’t wake up even when their bladder is full and they need to use the bathroom. If a child wets the bed after being dry for a while, the cause is often a stressful event such as the birth of a sibling. Rarely bedwetting may be due to a physical problem. Whatever the cause, bedwetting is not the child’s fault, and getting mad or upset won’t help. But don’t ignore the problem either. Talk to your child’s doctor, who can help you develop a plan to cope with bedwetting and help your child become drier faster.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that is part of the male reproductive system. It is located just below the bladder and wraps around the uppermost portion of the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder, through the penis, and out of the body). The main function of the prostate gland is to produce fluid for semen. During orgasm, this prostatic fluid combines with sperm (manufactured in the testicles) and other fluids are forced into the ureter, and are ejaculated as semen.
The exact cause of prostate cancer is unknown. Sheets of cancerous cells develop in the prostate and eventually grow and spread throughout the body causing death. Prostate Cancer is a major cause of death in men. There are usually no symptoms at a curable stage so regular screening with PSA testing and routine examinations are essential for early detection and cure.
Prostatitis is an inflammation or infection of the prostate gland. It is a very common disorder. In fact, it is the most commonly diagnosed urologic disease in men. About 50% of adult men in the United States will be treated for prostatitis during their lifetime.
You may first see your general practitioner or internist. He or she can examine the prostate and test your blood and urine for infection. You may be referred to a urologist.
The prostate specific antigen (PSA) test is a blood test used to help in the early detection of prostate cancer. PSA, an ingredient of semen, is made by the prostate. Some PSA naturally leaks from the prostate into the bloodstream. The PSA test measures the amount of PSA in the blood. As a man ages more PSA leaks into the blood. Problems with the prostate, such as prostatitis (prostate infection), BPH (benign prostatic enlargement), or cancer, may cause extra PSA to enter the blood. A digital rectal exam (DRE) or prostate biopsy can also raise PSA levels. If a PSA test shows higher than normal blood levels of PSA, other tests are necessary to help determine the cause of the increase.
Prostate enlargement (otherwise known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH) is one of the most common health problems faced by men over 40 years old. In fact, about 50% of men will experience prostate problems in their 60’s, a number that grows to about 80% of men by the time they reach their 80’s. So if you are experiencing symptoms of enlarged prostate, you’re not alone.
Bilateral vasectomy is an operation, which is performed to remove the sperm from the semen and results in sterilization in the male. The vas deferens (vas) is a tube that carries sperm from the testicle. It courses up through the groin and then down to the prostate gland at the bottom of the bladder. In a vasectomy, the vas from each testicle is divided near the upper portion of the scrotum. This prevents sperm from entering the semen during sex.
Simply stated kidney stone disease is where stones form in the kidneys. The kidneys act as filters and separate chemicals from the blood, which are then excreted in urine, if however, these chemicals build up in the kidney, a stone can be formed.
Hematuria means blood in the urine. It is not a disease but it can be a sign of one. The presence of blood in the form of red blood cells (RBCs) can indicate the possibility of a serious disease within the urinary tract. The urinary tract consists of the kidneys, which make urine; the ureters, which transport the urine to the bladder; the bladder, which stores the urine; and the urethra, which passes it out of the body. In the male, it also includes the prostate (the gland in males that produces fluid for sperm). Hematuria is described as gross if the urine is red or rust colored or microscopic if the urine is yellow and clear because the amount of blood is so small that it can be seen only under a microscope.
Impotence (or erectile dysfunction) is the inability to maintain an erection that is firm enough or that lasts long enough to have successful sexual intercourse. It is a frustrating condition that may have either physical or psychological causes.
Circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove the foreskin from the head of the penis. Some parents choose to circumcise their sons. Others choose not to.