first visit to the urologist

How to Prepare for Your First Visit to the Urologist

A urologist is a specialist who treats conditions related to the male reproductive organs, along with the male and female urinary tracts. Regardless of any preconceptions you may have due to the nature of this specialty, your first visit with a urologist does not have to be intimidating or embarrassing! 

If you have been referred to a urologist by your primary care provider, there is likely a medical issue your doctor is seeking a second opinion for. Specialists are great for taking a deeper look into certain urological concerns and providing specialty treatment options your PCP might not have access to. While a referral to a specialist doesn’t necessarily mean something urgent is developing, it is important to take your appointment with a urologist seriously. Come prepared with questions or concerns ensuring you get the most out of your appointment and find the correct treatment. 

For an idea of what to expect during your first visit with a urologist, here is a breakdown of why you should see a specialist and what your first appointment will likely consist of.

Why and When You Need to See a Urologist

There’s a common misconception that urologists only treat male patients. In reality, a urologist treats both males and females for various health concerns relating to the urinary system and reproductive organs. Your urologist is an expert when it comes to the urinary system, which includes the kidneys, bladder, ureters (thin muscles that carry urine into the bladder) and urethra (tube that drains urine out of the bladder). 

As a male, if you are experiencing any of the following conditions, it’s recommended that you see a urologist:

Female patients are encouraged to see a urologist for the following conditions:

How to Prepare for Your First Visit with a Urologist

As mentioned, the best way to make sure you get the most out of your time is to come prepared. When your urologist is equipped with your complete information, they can provide you with an accurate treatment plan going forward. 

Here are some preparation tips for your first visit with a urologist.

When checking in, it’s likely that you will be asked for a urine sample for a urinalysis. We always recommend you come to your appointment with a full bladder. The results from the urinalysis will give your doctor an inside look as to what’s going on with your urinary system’s organs. 

In addition, you may be asked to fill out a questionnaire to describe your symptoms. Please provide as much detail as possible. Rate the severity of your symptoms and make note of the timing. It’s always helpful to keep track of this information beforehand and then bring it to the appointment with you. Review your symptoms with your urologist and ask any questions you have. 

A staff member will record your detailed medical history so that our providers are able to have a complete overview of your health. A list of any medications you are taking should be included with this information and updated each time you see a physician. Be sure to mention any supplements or herbs you are taking as well. 

For more information about what to expect during your first visit with a urologist, download our guide: Steps to Prepare for Your Upcoming Urology Specialists Appointment. Included in this guide is a list of questions to ask your doctor and the potential diagnostic services they may recommend. 

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What Your Urologist is Looking For

The urologist will perform a physical exam that may include the following:

  • For men with prostate issues, a digital rectal exam is standard in this industry. This exam allows the doctor to physically examine the prostate. Other tests may include a urethral swab to rule out any sexually transmitted diseases, and blood work to check your PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) level.
  • For women dealing with recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs), a pelvic exam may be done along with a urinalysis. Testing for female low sex drive typically requires a blood panel to determine hormone levels. 
  • Those with urinary incontinence symptoms will undergo a cough stress test to determine urine loss.
  • Any concerns regarding cancer will include blood work along with relevant physical exams. 

Once your doctor has examined you, they will discuss their findings and possible solutions. Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may recommend treatments such as medication, physical therapy, or a surgical procedure. Make notes when your physician reviews a treatment plan with you. Now is the time to ask any clarifying questions regarding what you have just been told. Remember, if you are unsure of something, just ask! You and your urologist will work together to decide what is right for you.

Your Appointment with the Urology Specialists of the Carolinas

During your first visit with a Urologist Specialist of the Carolinas, you can rest assured you are in good hands. Our established medical staff treats a full spectrum of adult urological conditions to ensure you age healthy and gracefully. As the top specialists in our area, we provide treatment options with your best interests in mind. 

If you are in need of a urologist, schedule an appointment with us by clicking the button below. 

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This content was originally published in 2015 and updated in 2020.