It is often believed that only men need urologists. Yes, urologists do treat issues and conditions related to the male reproductive system, but they also specialize in treatment of urinary tract disease. As a woman, you may find the need to visit a urologist, if you have symptoms like urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, urinary tract infection, and/or kidney issues. Your first visit to a urologist Brooklyn New York doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In this post, we are sharing some basic things that female patients need to know.
Book an appointment in advance
Make sure that you have confirmed your appointment with a urologist in advance. This is a good way of ensuring that you don’t have to wait for long. If your primary care physician had referred you to a urologist and had directed for a few diagnostic tests, make sure that you take those reports. Also, get your insurance card, and try to arrive on time.
The first meeting
Your visit to a urologist doesn’t have to be any different than seeing other specialists. Most urologists will start with asking a few questions, so that they can understand the symptoms and decide on diagnostic tests as needed. You may be asked to give a urine sample, so make sure that you are not on an empty stomach. Do share all the relevant details and previous prescriptions that you are following for other health issues. Your urologist may do a physical exam, to understand the source of your pain or discomfort.
Ask the right questions
As a new patient, you should ask a few questions when the urologist is done with basic checkup. You can ask questions like –
- What is your diagnosis?
- What tests would you recommend further?
- If the diagnosis is what’s suspected, what will be the line of treatment?
- Can I continue taking my regular medications?
- When should I come back for a second appointment?
If your urologist suspects a gynecological concern, he may recommend you to see an OBGYN. However, for conditions related to the urinary tract or kidneys, the urologist will start with medications, so that you start feeling better.
When to see a urologist?
There are some common symptoms to consider, such as frequent urination, change in urine color, pain on the back side of the body, urge to urinate too quickly, and burning sensation in the vagina. If you have any questions, you can always see your physician first and ask for urologist references in your area.