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Men need specific care too. Get it from UW Medicine experts who are trained in preventing, detecting and treating common and complex health problems.
With multiple locations and seamless coordination, we can be your single stop for fertility treatments, sexual health, testosterone therapy and more.
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Talking about health issues is not always easy, but our highly-specialized care team will help you feel at ease throughout your visit.
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With sperm counts declining among men in the Western Hemisphere, experts who treat male reproductive health issues are concerned about pot use. Dr. Tom Walsh, a UW Medicine urologist, discusses the issue.
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When the prostate gland becomes too large, it may cause problems with urinating. This condition is a common part of aging, with symptoms occurring after age 50. An enlarged prostate does not mean cancer, nor does it increase the risk for cancer. Treatment depends on its symptoms and their severity.
Your doctor may have you take fertility tests if you’re having trouble conceiving a baby. These tests can help detect infertility problems and what may be causing them. Testing includes physical exam with health history review, semen analysis, blood test and other analyses. The semen analysis is the primary way to evaluate a man’s infertility. You will collect a sample of your semen to be analyzed in a laboratory. The test is often done before your first visit to a doctor. Your doctor may also recommend genetic testing to identify certain genetic factors that can cause male infertility, including:
- Chromosomal problems that result in little to no sperm creation
- An extra chromosome that prevents the testes from functioning properly
- A gene mutation that causes the ducts that carry sperm to be missing
This disorder causes scar tissue or plaque to form under the skin of the penis and makes the penis bend sharply during an erection and causes pain. If you have Peyronie’s disease, our care team can offer treatments to help reduce your pain and keep you sexually active.
ED is when a man has trouble getting or keeping an erection. Though common as men age, ED is not a natural part of aging. It can be a sign of a medical problem. If you have ED, consult with one of our specialists for a diagnosis and treatment recommendation.
Many men experience urinary leaks during physical action or have sudden urges to urinate but can’t hold it. Don’t let urinary incontinence stop you from doing the things you want to do. Our specialists offer effective treatments that can help you have better bladder control.
Certain treatments, such as chemotherapy, can cause infertility. However, you can take steps to protect your ability to have children before treatment. Consult with one of our fertility preservation specialists. They can help you identify your treatment’s risks and consider the fertility preservation options available to you. For immediate fertility preservation help, call 206-314-5268.
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Emotional support is an important part of your treatment. Support groups and community resources can help you and your loved ones through treatment and recovery.
This minimally invasive procedure is a convenient, safe and effective form of permanent birth control. If you’re considering getting a vasectomy, speak with one of our men’s health experts to understand the potential risks associated with this procedure.
About 15 percent of couples unable to get pregnant over a year’s time are infertile. Male infertility accounts for 30 percent of these instances. If you are concerned about your fertility, consult with one of our male fertility experts. They can help determine your level of fertility with testing.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. While many men will develop prostate cancer, not all will develop a harmful form of the disease. Prostate cancer screening can help find cancer early even if there are no symptoms. And, it can improve your chances for successful treatment and recovery if cancer is found. Talk with your primary care doctor about screening for prostate cancer.
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Kidney Stone Center at Northwest
McMurray Medical Building, 1536 N. 115th St., Suite. 300, Seattle, WA 98133 / 206.668.5215
Male Fertility Lab
4245 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 / 206.598.6358
Men's Health Center at UWMC-Roosevelt
4245 Roosevelt Way NE, 3rd Floor, Seattle, WA 98105 / 206.598.6358
Urology Clinic - Valley Medical Center
4033 Talbot Road S, Renton, WA 98055 / 425.656.5365
Urology Clinic at Eastside Specialty Center
3100 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98004 / 425.646.7777
Urology Clinic at Harborview
410 9th Ave., 7th Floor, Seattle, WA 98104 / 206.520.5000
Urology Clinic at UWMC
1959 NE Pacific St., 1st Floor, SP 1266, Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.598.4294
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Urinary incontinence (UI) is the loss of urine control. It may be a short-term problem caused by another health issue, or it may be a long-term problem that you’ll have to manage. UI is common in older people and can range from not being able to hold your urine long enough to reach a bathroom to severe, frequent wetting.
The most common UI symptoms include the inability to urinate, pain during urination without bladder infection, a feeling that you have not emptied your bladder completely, increased urination, needing to rush to the restroom, urine leakage that prevents activities and frequent bladder infections.
Causes and risk factors
Risk factors for urinary incontinence include obesity, smoking, chronic coughing, nerve injuries to the lower back and pelvic surgery. UI may also happen at the start of an illness. Common causes include aging, urinary tract infection, an enlarged prostate gland and stool build-up in the bowels.
The most important step in diagnosing UI is to consult with a healthcare provider. Don’t let embarrassment keep you from getting help.
Get a physical exam that includes a urine sample test and focuses on the urinary and nervous systems and reproductive organs. You may be referred to a urologist.
Treatment depends on the severity of symptoms and the type of incontinence. It can include things like bladder training, which teaches you to resist the urge to void and expand the times between voiding over time; special exercises that improve pelvic muscle tone and prevent leakage; medicines and even surgery in severe cases.
UI can lead to skin issues as a result of the constant wetness and can increase the potential for urinary tract infection (UTI). This is an unfortunate cycle, since UTIs can also be a cause for UI, so it's important to seek treatment. The constant necessity to use the bathroom or fear of an accident can also cause significant anxiety and embarrassment.