Interstitial cystitis (IC), also called bladder pain syndrome (BPS), is a condition that causes chronic pain in the bladder or pelvic area. In addition to pain, common symptoms of IC include a persistent urge to pee and frequent urination during the day and night. Symptoms may be relieved temporarily by urinating.
Quick quiz: when should you get tested for sexually transmitted infections?
Hold-on, you’re not in your twenties? You’re not promiscuous? Did you know that rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis have surged in the past decade in middle-aged Canadians? The Center for Disease Control in the US reports increases in syphilis and chlamydia of over 180% in adults aged 45 to 65 years old1. Why the increase? Experts speculate that the availability and use of phosphodiesterase inhibitors, such as Viagra™ and Cialis™, is linked.
Your urologist recommends a transvaginal mesh procedure, so you Google it. Oh my, Dr. Google has a plethora of grim articles about transvaginal mesh complications. No worries, our reconstructive urologists at SAIU are the experts. Here’s what you need to know.(more…)
Prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening has been a controversial and confusing issue for men for many years. The varied and constantly changing guidelines put forth by the United States Preventative Services Task Force and the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health as well as several other professional associations on the risks of early screening have men and their family physicians asking themselves whether it is important to get checked or not.(more…)