In healthy men and women, urine does not contain any blood that can be seen with the eye, called "gross blood," nor does it contain red blood cells that can be discovered with the aid of a microscope. The discovery of either gross or microscopic blood in urine is a sure indication of the need to examine and evaluate the patient to discover the cause of this abnormality. The conditions that can lead to either gross or microscopic blood in the urine are many and varied. In adults, a careful history to describe the details of the bloody urine, a physical examination and laboratory studies are the first step in unearthing the cause. Imaging with x-rays, ultrasound, CAT/MRI scans are the next step and will usually discover the cause. In adult women, infection of the bladder or kidneys, urinary stones, and tumors of the urinary bladder, kidneys are the most common causes. In adult men, enlargement and/or infection of the prostate, bladder infection and...
The prostate is a gland located in your lower abdomen, surrounding the urethra. This gland helps make semen, the fluid that contains sperm. In young men, the prostate is about the size of a walnut but it slowly grows as a man ages.
What is Prostatitis?
Prostatitis is an inflammation or infection of the prostate. You may experience discomfort or pain in your penis , groin, around your rectum or in your pelvic area. It may make it difficult or painful to urinate. Prostatitis may come on suddenly or may develop over time. Other symptoms include:
Burning when urinating
Pain during ejaculation
Sometimes prostatitis is caused by a bacterial infection and medical care is needed and usually successful. Some STDs, such as gonorrhea and Chlamydia can cause bacterial prostatitis. Other times the cause isn’t known and it may come and go on its own. Unfortunately, in many cases prostatitis is chronic, it will go away only to return again – ...
In the post MS in Men vs. Women: Does Gender Matter? , we focused on the differences which are seen in the genders of people who develop MS. Sex hormones play a significant role in differentiating the genders regardless of disease or health. Today we’re going to explore how hormones, specifically testosterone, affect men who develop MS. Testosterone Testosterone is a hormone which affects sexual features and development. Men have about ten times more testosterone in their blood than women. Yes, women do have testosterone which is produced by the ovaries, and both sexes have a small amount produced by the adrenal glands. In males, testosterone levels are low before puberty, increase during puberty, peak around the age of 40, then gradually lessen as men age. Coincidentally, or maybe not, men are diagnosed with MS more frequently just as their testosterone levels begin to drop. Protection from MS Testosterone seems to protect young men from developing MS.&n...
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