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Blog Posts from 2017

Are UTIs Only for Women?

UTIs can be caused by bacteria that enters the urethra, the tube that connects the bladder to the outside of the body. The urethra is much shorter in a woman’s body than a man’s. Bacteria don’t have far to travel to get to the bladder, where they can cause an infection. Alternatively, the urethra itself…

What are the most common urological issues facing men?

Enlarged prostate Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, describes the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. It is very common among older men, affecting more than half of all men over 50, and 90% of men 80 and older. The enlarged prostate puts pressure on the urethra and may partially block urine from being excreted. Incontinence…

Will a Vasectomy Make Me Impotent?

Vasectomy is a minor procedure that can simplify and enhance your sex life, by providing a permanent birth control solution. An in-office procedure that requires only mild sedation, more than 500,000 vasectomies are performed each year. But what are the risks? Is it possible that a vasectomy could make you impotent? When a urologist performs…

Is There a Cure for ED?

Loss of sexual function isn’t something most men want to think about, let alone talk about or seek help for. But with more than 30 million men in the US affected, Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a reality for many. Everyone has probably seen ads for ED medication, but is there a cure? Medication, injections, pellets,…

How a Urologist Can Help Avoid a Chronic UTI

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are most commonly diagnosed in women, but many men over age 50 are at increased risk of developing this infection due to an enlarged prostate gland. Most men will experience symptoms of an enlarged prostate as they age, including effects to the bladder that can cause a chronic UTI. A urologist…

Dr. Richard Natale: A Urologist Trained in the UroLift System

Most men will experience symptoms of an enlarged prostate as they grow older. Some of the traditional treatments for enlarged prostate can cause side effects like increased urges to urinate, and even erectile dysfunction (ED). Fortunately, Dr. Richard Natale is a skilled urologist in the Charlotte area trained in the UroLift System, which offers lasting…

Why a Penile Implant Can Do More Than Restore a Man’s Sex Life

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a common men’s health issue. Penile implants are the only permanent cure for ED. There are numerous secondary effects a man may experience as a result of ED, and the restoration of his normal sex life with the help of a penile implant can have a ripple effect to other areas….

Do I have Peyronie’s Disease? When to See the Urologist

Peyronie’s disease is the development of rigid scar tissue within the penis, which can lead to abnormal curvature, painful erections, shortening of the penis, or even erectile dysfunction. Men’s penises exist in a variety of shapes, so a curved erection is not necessarily an indicator of the disease, but if it is coupled with pain…

Are Penile Implants Safe?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common issue, with as many as 30 million men having some degree of ED in the United States alone. Some studies have shown that as many as 5% of all men over the age of 40 have level of ED. Although certain medications such as Viagra can help many men…

The Complete Guide to Penile Implants

Roughly 30 million males have some degree of erectile dysfunction (ED) in the United States alone. Men who are unable to get or maintain an erection for more than 25% of the time should consider talking to a urologist about ED. The first step towards dealing with erectile dysfunction is diagnosing the problem, and making…

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