When it comes to problems with one’s sexual or reproductive health, things go far beyond just ED or premature ejaculation. In fact, things like LUTS are just as common and could cause numerous issues to occur in men, particularly as they age. It’s important to pay attention to these problems and then deal with overcoming them. LUTS stands for Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms, and the term generally applies to any combination of symptoms or any single symptoms that could be considered to impact a man’s lower urinary tract health.
Some of the most common symptoms experienced that are associated with LUTS include:
- Urgent need to urinate
- Frequent need to urinate
- Voiding the bladder overnight
- Pain during urination
- Poor stream strength
- Hesitancy starting urination despite need to go
- Incomplete voiding
- Stopping and starting of stream during urination
Most of these symptoms can strike terror in the hearts of men, primarily because they’re all indicative of prostate cancer. However, they’re also linked to a huge variety of other issues, and it’s not an automatic sign that prostate cancer is present. Instead, In most cases the symptoms may suggest a number of other issues including:
- Urinary stones
- Urinary tract infection
- Enlarged prostate
- Weakened muscles
- Neurological disease
Those who find themselves dealing with any of the symptoms of LUTS need to visit their physician as soon as possible. Getting a fast, accurate diagnosis of the condition one is dealing with is important, and determining the specific cause is the first step towards treatment. A number of treatment options exist and they range from natural supplements to antibiotics to surgery, depending on the situation.
The chance of developing LUTS rises as men age, and older men have a 78 percent chance of developing some form of LUTS, with one third of that being urinary tract issues. Overall lifetime risk of prostate cancer is around 30 percent, which means that in most cases the cause of one’s LUTS will likely be something else entirely.
LUTS can be frustrating, frightening, and even painful at times. But visiting a physician for a diagnosis may reveal that it’s simpler to cope with the problem than one may suspect. Treatment options are often straightforward and effective, and overcoming the issue at least to some degree is possible. Around one third of all patients who develop LUTS will be able to improve their symptoms over time, making it something that is well worth a closer look.