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Male Urology

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), commonly referred to as venereal disease, are some of the most common diseases that you can get from another person through sexual contact. With more than 20 STDs in existence, these diseases affect more than 13 million men and women in the United States. Luckily, most STDs are treatable.

Often there are no symptoms caused by STDs. However, some symptoms that may be indicative of a STD include:

  • an unusual discharge or odor from the vagina
  • pain in the pelvic area – the area between the belly button and genitals
  • pain in the groin area – the area around the genitals
  • genital burning or itching
  • bleeding from the vagina that is not a regular period
  • pain deep inside the vagina during sexual intercourse
  • penile drip or discharge
  • sores, bumps or blisters near the genitals, rectum or mouth
  • burning and pain during urination or bowel movement
  • frequent urination

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Spermatoceles

Spermatocele, also known as a spermatic cyst, are typically painless, noncancerous (benign) cysts that grow from the epididymis near the top of the testicle. Spermatoceles are typically smooth and are usually filled with a milky or clear colored fluid containing sperm. Over time, spermatoceles may remain stable in size or they may grow. If in fact the size becomes bothersome, or results in pain, there are several treatment options to rectify the problem. Spermatoceles are generally no more than a nuisance rather than a serious medical condition.

Men with spermatoceles usually have no symptoms. However, when associated symptoms are present, they may include scrotal heaviness and/or pain.

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Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are responsible for more than seven million visits to physicians' offices per year and about 5 five percent of all visits to primary care physicians. Approximately 40 percent of women and 12 percent of men will experience at least one symptomatic urinary tract infection during their lifetime.

When you have a urinary tract infection (UTI), the lining of the bladder and urethra become red and irritated just as your throat does when you have a cold. The irritation can cause pain in your abdomen and pelvic area and may make you feel like emptying your bladder more often. You may even try to urinate but only produce a few drops and/or feel some burning as your urine comes out. At times, you may lose control of your urine. You may also find that your urine smells unpleasant or is cloudy.

Kidney infections often cause fevers and back pain. These infections need to be treated promptly because a kidney infection can quickly spread into the bloodstream and cause a life-threatening condition.

UTIs are often categorized as simple (uncomplicated) or complicated. Simple UTIs are infections that occur in normal urinary tracts. Complicated UTIs occur in abnormal urinary tracts or when the bacteria causing the infection is resistant to many antibiotic medications.

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Varicoceles

The spermatic cord is the structure that provides the blood supply to the testicle and contains the vas deferens, which transports sperm from the testicle to the penis and urethra. The spermatic cord passes through the inguinal canal and continues into the scrotum. The pampiniform plexus is a group of interconnected veins, which drain the blood from the testicles and lie within the spermatic cord. The pampiniform plexus is believed to have an important functional role in maintaining testicular temperature in the appropriate range for sperm production. The pampiniform plexus cools blood in the testicular artery before it enters the testicles, helping to maintain an ideal testicular temperature essential for optimal sperm production.

Varicoceles are abnormal enlargements (dilations) of the pampiniform plexus of veins within the scrotum. They are similar to varicose veins of the leg, and often form during puberty. They can become larger and thus more noticeable with time. Left-sided varicoceles are more common than right-sided varicoceles, likely due to anatomical differences between the two sides.

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