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Top 5 Most Common Urinary Problems in Men

written by: DulceCorazon • edited by: Emma Lloyd • updated: 8/19/2010

Urology problems in men range from mild inconveniences to serious health risks. Here are some of the most common urologic problems, their causes and their treatment options.

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    Common Issues

    Urology problems in men may involve the kidneys, the bladder, the prostate, the testicles or the penis. Men who experience these kinds of problems may have erectile dysfunction or difficulties in urination. If you are suspecting that you are suffering from these problems, it is best to consult your doctor or a urologist so that proper diagnosis can be made and early treatment be provided. Here are some of the most common urology problems experienced by men.

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    Urinary Tract Infection

    Urinary tract infection, or UTI, is often caused by bacterial infection in the man's urinary tract, usually in the bladder area. Its incidence is more common in women, than in men, due to their anatomical differences. Its symptoms include a burning sensation when urinating, a strong urge to urinate, and having frequent urination. In some cases, blood can be found in the urine. The infection, if not treated early, can go up to the kidneys. When this happens, symptoms may include chills, vomiting, upper back pain, fever or nausea. UTI is often treated with antibiotics. Increasing fluid intake can also help in getting rid of the problem.

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    Erectile Dysfunction

    In this condition, a man fails to have an erection or to keep it up long enough for him to perform sexual activities. Usually, erectile dysfunction is caused by other conditions like diabetes, kidney problems, chronic alcoholism, neurologic disease and vascular disease, among many others. Medications may be given to affected men, and in cases where medications do not work, surgery may be utilized to correct the problem.

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    Premature Ejaculation

    Premature ejaculation is a common problem among young men. It usually becomes a problem when it happens frequently. Factors such as anxiety and lack of experience may contribute to its occurrence. Some men may not talk about this problem, but this is often a treatable condition. Modes of treatment include psychological counseling, use of medication and changes in sexual techniques.

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    Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

    As men grow older, their prostate gland has a tendency to increase in size due to hormone activities inside their body. Because the prostate gland is near the bladder and it also surrounds the urethra, the tube where urine passes during urination, it can cause compression on the bladder and the urethra. This often results in urinary flow restriction. Common symptoms include frequent need to urinate at night, dribbling of urine, and difficulty when starting to urinate. This condition is often seen in men who are 50 years old and above.

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    Incontinence

    Contrary to popular belief, incontinence is also one of the urology problems in men. It is more common in women, but is can also affect men. This condition often manifest as the inability to control the leakage of urine. It is usually caused by trauma, stress and surgery. Medication, therapy and surgery may be used in treating this problem.