Fact vs. fiction: urological myths unmasked

Urological health is a vital part of a man’s overall health and wellbeing, but due to its intimate nature it's not uncommon for men to feel embarrassed or reluctant when it comes to discussing their urological concerns. This, combined with prevalent myths, can lead to hesitation in seeking help.

We take a look at three common myths, replacing them with the facts from Mr Jeremy Oates, consultant urological surgeon at The Wilmslow Hospital.

Myth 1: ‘Erectile dysfunction is just a natural part of aging’

Fact: While it's true that age can contribute to erectile changes, erectile dysfunction is not an inevitable consequence of growing older, nor does it only affect older men.

Jeremy emphasises, "Erectile dysfunction is a common issue in all age groups. It can stem from various causes, including underlying health conditions, psychological factors and lifestyle choices.

There’s no need to suffer in silence. Seek professional help for a personalised treatment plan. Erectile dysfunction is highly treatable with medications, lifestyle changes, or therapies."

Myth 2: ‘Prostate cancer is an older man's disease’

Fact: While it's true that prostate cancer risk increases with age, mostly affecting men over the age of 50, it’s possible to develop prostate cancer at a younger age.

Jeremy says, "Prostate cancer can affect younger men, particularly those with a family history or risk factor. Younger men should be vigilant and see their doctor if they experience symptoms. It may not be anything serious, but finding cancer early makes it easier to treat."

Myth 3: ‘Urinary incontinence only affects women’

Fact: Male urinary incontinence is more common than many realise.

Jeremy clarifies, "Urinary incontinence in men can result from various factors, including prostate issues or other health problems. Effective treatments are available, so see a urologist for a personalised treatment plan."

Breaking barriers: overcoming reluctance to seek help

We understand that embarrassment and reluctance to seek help are common hurdles for many men. However, as Jeremy reassures, "Remember, healthcare providers have seen it all before. Your health and well-being are our top priorities, not judgment. Remember, early intervention can make a world of difference."

Our dedicated Men's Health Clinics at The Wilmslow Hospital provide a confidential and comfortable environment for the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of healthcare conditions.

Some of our Men’s Health Clinics include:

  • Blood in Urine 
  • Testis Lump
  • Raised PSA/Prostate Cancer
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Peyronie’s
  • Male Urinary Incontinence

If you would like to book into one of our clinics or find out more about the services we provide, call us on 01625 545 000

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