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5 Signs of an Enlarged Prostate Oct 14th, 2020

Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or an enlarged prostate, is a condition quite common in men as they reach their 50s. A third of men are likely to have it by then and the chances of getting it increase with age. It affects 30 million men worldwide, and 14 million men in...

4 Reasons Why There May Be Blood in Your Urine Sep 17th, 2020

Hematuria is the medical term for blood in urine. It’s fairly common and affects up to 30% of the adult population. The volume of blood in urine ranges from microscopic, meaning   Blood can appear in the urine in microscopic amounts (microscopic hematuria) which would only be seen by medical instruments,...

How Can I Prevent Recurrent UTIs? Aug 19th, 2020

An infection that affects any part of the urinary system (kidneys, bladder, ureter, urethra) is a type of urinary tract infection. Women are more prone to UTIs for anatomical reasons; bacteria can enter more easily and have a shorter distance to travel. However, all people, regardless of gender, are at...

Diabetes and Sexual Dysfunction: What's the Link? Jul 28th, 2020

10.5%, or just over 34 million people in the US population deal with diabetes, a condition that is caused by an imbalance of the body’s blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is an important source of fuel for the body’s muscles, tissues and the brain. Too much sugar in the blood will...

Early Signs of Prostate Cancer Jun 29th, 2020

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men (the first being skin cancer). According to the American Cancer Society there will be close to 200,000 new cases of prostate cancer this year, and over 33,000 prostate cancer deaths. Early detection of prostate cancer can make treatment safer and...

Types of Kidney Stones May 20th, 2020

Kidney stones are solid masses or crystals that develop in the kidney or anywhere in the urinary tract, and over half a million people end up in emergency rooms for treatment. This painful condition can be caused by different things, and the type of kidney stone someone gets will vary...

The Link Between Obesity and Erectile Dysfunction Apr 10th, 2020

While it’s a very delicate subject, the truth is that erectile dysfunction affects millions of men, and contrary to popular belief, it’s not just a problem faced by older men. In North America, for example, this affects about 20.7-57.8% of men with the numbers increasing with age. Erectile dysfunction can...

Living With Urinary Incontinence: What Are My Options? Mar 6th, 2020

Incontinence is the loss of bladder control, and it often results in urinating at inconvenient, if not embarrassing, times, such as before you can get to the bathroom. Incontinence affects about 33 million men and women every day. It can directly affect your ability to socialize and can cause you...

5 Habits That Put You at Greater Risk for Kidney Stones Feb 3rd, 2020

Kidney stones are hard deposits made of minerals and salt that form in your urinary tract. Though kidney stones can affect people of all ages, they’re likeliest to occur at age 30 or older, and your risk increases as you get older. Though age increases your risk of kidney stones,...

I "Leak" When I Laugh — Is It Just Age Or Something Else? Jan 1st, 2020

Losing control of your bladder, whether due to laughing, coughing, disease, or other issues, is never funny. It’s embarrassing and can also be a sign of a deeper problem. Our expert Urologists Craig Herman, MD and Steven C. Kester, MD at the Urology Center of Florida in Pompano Beach have...

I Have a Weak Urine Stream — What Could it Mean? Dec 1st, 2019

It’s normal for both women and men to experience weaker urine streams as they get older, but it’s an issue that affects men more often, usually because of benign prostatic hyperplasia, a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. However, there are other causes behind the problem, medically referred to as...

Having Difficulty Urinating? You May Have BPH Nov 1st, 2019

You may be worrying about how many times you get up in the night to use the bathroom or that your urine stream is weak, or perhaps you leak urine throughout the day. It may be due to a common noncancerous condition that affects aging men called benign prostatic hyperplasia...

Suffering from Unexplained Bladder Pain? It Could Be Interstitial Cystitis Oct 1st, 2019

Interstitial cystitis, or bladder pain syndrome, is a condition that causes chronic pain or pressure on the bladder. The signals that normally tell your brain that your bladder is full and needs to be emptied get mixed up.  This results in more frequent urges to urinate and trips to the...

Signs of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Sep 1st, 2019

If you have chronic constipation, there’s about a 50% chance it’s related to pelvic floor dysfunction. Pelvic floor dysfunction involves the muscles of your pelvic floor and your abdomen, and how they contract and relax when you have a bowel movement. The symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction can vary, and...

What Can I Do About ED? Aug 6th, 2019

Attempting to pleasure a partner and not being able to do so may be one of the worst feelings in the world. It’s natural to feel embarrassed or down when you can’t achieve or maintain an erection during sex, but there’s good news: You can regain control of your sex...

When Should I Start Getting Checked for Prostate Cancer? Jul 22nd, 2019

The American Cancer Society predicts that nearly 175,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year in the United States, making it the most common cancer among men outside of skin cancer. Like any cancer, early detection is key, which is where prostate cancer screening comes in. At...

Summertime Tips to Avoid a UTI Jun 21st, 2019

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a year-round concern, especially for women, who are four times as likely to develop one, but the summer presents some unique challenges. UTIs lead to 10 million doctor visits each year. As much as we like seeing our patients here at the Urology Center of...

Female Urinary Incontinence: It’s More Common Than You Think May 21st, 2019

It happened again. You sneezed or had a good chuckle and momentarily lost control of your bladder. It’s inconvenient and embarrassing, but don’t despair -- you have options. Once you learn the facts about female urinary incontinence (UI), you’ll be on the road to fewer leaks and more confidence. Female...

What Every Man Needs to Know About Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Apr 2nd, 2019

Millions of men over age 50 likely have some benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or enlargement of the prostate gland that may be related to the natural aging process. If you’re over 50, you have a 50% chance of developing BPH. If you’re over 80, your odds of having BPH climb...

What Can I do to Help Prevent Kidney Stones? Mar 12th, 2019

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of kidney stones or you’re at risk of becoming initiated into this painful world, prevention is by far the best way to deal with the condition. By knowing your risk factors and making a few changes to your lifestyle, you can stay one step ahead...

Why You Should Never Ignore Blood in Your Urine Feb 26th, 2019

Have you noticed your urine is pink, reddish, or discolored? A number of health issues ranging from the harmless to the more serious can be behind this symptom so it's important to get it checked out. Here at the Urology Center of Florida in Pompano Beach, Drs. Craig Herman and...