Testis up and down: the retractile testicle

Testis up and down, the popular way to define a retractile testicle, is when the testicle may move from down in the scrotum, its usual normal position, to up in the groin area. This movement is reversible, and when residing in the groin, the patient or doctor might easily guide the testicle into its proper […]

Urine color, Health, and Well Being

Urine is a solution composed mainly of water produced by blood filtration in the kidney. Together with water, the kidney eliminates substances that would otherwise accumulate in the blood, causing damage to our body. These dissolved substances, or pigments, give the urine its characteristic color, transparency, and odor. Thus, the appearance of the urine changes […]

Prostate cancer screening: who should consider it?

Table of Contents What is prostate cancer? In most countries, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men after skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. In 2012, over 1.1 million new cases and 307,000 deaths were reported in the United States. One man out of seven will […]

Foul-smelling urine without pain, what can it be?

In most cases, foul-smelling urine without pain in males and females might be caused by food or is a sign of dehydration. If the urine smells sweet, you feel unwell, or you have other symptoms talk to your doctor. What to Know About Unusual Smell of Urine Urine typically has a slight smell, but some […]

HPV vaccine: 9 frequently asked questions in my Urology practice

HPV Vaccine is important since it is protective against a very common viral infection transmitted through sexual intercourse. HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus, highly prevalent in the healthy, sexually active population. We can estimate that at least 50% of these people get the infection during their lives. As a result, the immune system produces […]

Dimethyl Sulfoxide to treat Interstitial Cystitis / Bladder Pain Syndrome

Dimethyl Sulfoxide is a drug in which the 50% solution (Rimso 50®) is instilled in the bladder to treat Interstitial Cystitis / Bladder Pain Syndrome. American FDA approved this treatment in 1978 in the USA, and the American Urological Association Guideline recommends it for IC/BPS as a second-line treatment. Who can have this treatment? Patients […]

Genital Herpes: 10 frequently asked questions

What is Herpes? We commonly call Genital Herpes (or HSV, standing for Herpes Simplex Virus), the contagious disease that may affect the genital area. However, Herpes Simplex is the name given to the virus which causes the infection. We know two Herpes Simplex Virus species that can infect humans. Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2 […]

3 lifestyle tips for preventing kidney stones

Preventing kidney stones starts with knowing the conditions (risk factors), increasing the likelihood of having this painful experience (renal colic). If you recognize yourself in one of these risk factors, you might be at risk for kidney stones, and you should follow the prevention recommendations. Who is at risk for kidney stones? Not all people […]

Interstitial Cystitis diet

Interstitial cystitis diet may prevent symptoms flare in patients with bladder pain syndrome. We observed a close relationship between diet and IC/BPS. In most patients, some foods may act as symptoms trigger. Before planning a friendly diet, we must rule out any food allergy or intolerance (gluten, lactose). However, even in not allergic patients, certain […]

Feeling like you have to pee right after you pee

“Feeling like you have to pee right after you pee” is also called frequent urination or pollakiuria. A frequent patient complaint regarding this topic is: “is it normal to pee every 2 hours?”. The averagebladder usually fills up until 300-400 ml before feeling the urge to visit the bathroom. While it is normal to urinate […]