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What to Expect During a Bladder Ultrasound

What is a Bladder Ultrasound and How is it performed?
A bladder ultrasound is a simple procedure that takes an image of the inside of the bladder, as well as the contents of it by using high-frequency sound waves transmitted through a transducer. This procedure is performed the same way in which many other ultrasounds are. A bladder ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure and not painful. It is performed by a sonographer who will put a clear gel on the patients’ lower abdomen between the belly button and pelvis,  » Read more about: What to Expect During a Bladder Ultrasound  »

3 Benefits of Using Sling Surgery for Incontinence

Urinary stress incontinence is when a small amount of urine leaks from the urethra as a result of activities including coughing, sneezing, exercising, or other stressors. Stress incontinence is the most common type of incontinence suffered by women. In total, this condition affects approximately 13 million people in the United States, 85 percent of which are women. Incontinence is more common in women because of pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. Men are affected too,  » Read more about: 3 Benefits of Using Sling Surgery for Incontinence  »

Laparoscopic Surgery vs. Robotic-Assisted Surgery

A laparoscopy is a medical procedure where your abdomen is examined with a special camera. Traditional surgery on that area requires a long, invasive cut, which is why laparoscopic surgery was invented. Laparoscopic surgery (or “keyhole surgery”) is a minimally invasive surgery on your abdomen area used with the help of the aforementioned special cameras or scope. Because the surgery uses those tiny cameras, there is no longer a need to make big incisions and have an open surgery.   » Read more about: Laparoscopic Surgery vs. Robotic-Assisted Surgery  »

6 Bladder Cancer Risk Factors

Bladder Cancer begins when cancer cells begin to form in the inner layer of the bladder. Bladder cancer is common and can luckily be treated if diagnosed early. It is important to know about any possible risk factors you have for any disease because there may be treatments you can do to lower your overall chances of being diagnosed. Here are 6 risk factors that may predispose you or a loved one to developing bladder cancer.  » Read more about: 6 Bladder Cancer Risk Factors  »

4 Common Urological Exams

There is a very common misconception that urologists treat only men. This is completely untrue, and if you have any concerns regarding your urological health, your best bet is to make an appointment with a urologist.  If your issue is not taken care of in a timely manner, a minor irritating problem could end up becoming a greater issue down the road. This is why it is so important for your overall health to visit a urologist today!  » Read more about: 4 Common Urological Exams  »

What Can a Urologist Do For You?

You may have heard of urology before, but never thought you’d find yourself needing to go to one. In fact, many people don’t even know what a urologist really does. Well, we’re here to clear things up a little bit for you. To start, it’s important to understand that a urologist is a doctor who specializes in diseases of the urinary tract. They also specialize in the general study and treatment of the male reproductive system,  » Read more about: What Can a Urologist Do For You?  »

Can Certain Medications Cause Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is defined as the loss of bladder control, meaning not being able to control your urine flow in any capacity. The severity of urinary incontinence however varies depending on the type of incontinence you have, which may be stress, urge, overflow and functional or mixed incontinence. Either way, urinary incontinence can be an embarrassing problem for someone to have. If you are experiencing urinary incontinence symptoms, one of the places you should check is your medicine cabinet for the types of medicine you have been taking.  » Read more about: Can Certain Medications Cause Urinary Incontinence?  »

What is the Process of Laparoscopic Surgery?

Upon a diagnosis of any given urological condition, your physician will determine the level of severity. Whether or not it may require immediate medical attention, many circumstances will call for a diagnostic imaging procedure or a surgical repair. Urologists will commonly utilize the minimally invasive procedure of laparoscopy as their go-to option. If your health care provider has recommended this method, consider doing a little research on your own before the official treatment date – just so you know what to expect.  » Read more about: What is the Process of Laparoscopic Surgery?  »

Does Ibuprofen Affect Your Fertility?


If you have ever suffered from headaches or uncomfortable soreness after exercise, you know pain relievers are a quick fix for the problem. Designed to target the source of pain, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) reduce bothersome inflammation caused by natural healing. With increasing data supporting NSAID effects on infertility, now is the time to get educated on the risks attributed to one of the most familiar over-the-counter (OTC) drugs on the market. Here’s how ibuprofen may be affected your fertility.  » Read more about: Does Ibuprofen Affect Your Fertility?  »

The 6 Secrets to Increasing Male Testosterone Levels

Testosterone (T) is the hormone responsible for men’s physical and sexual development. Produced in the testicles, testosterone stimulates a man’s sex drive with the production of sperm as well as assisting in the growth of muscle and bone mass. Men over the age of 40 may notice some signs of low testosterone as levels begin to drop around this time. Symptoms of low testosterone levels can be subtle but may affect your day-to-day life. Some possible symptoms may include low sex drive,  » Read more about: The 6 Secrets to Increasing Male Testosterone Levels  »