Going to your first appointment at a urologist’s office can be nerve-wracking when you don’t know what to expect. Preparing ahead of time and understanding possible procedures can help ease your mind and create a better, more informative appointment with your doctor.
Before meeting with your urologist, you may be asked to:
- Prepare a list of medications, vitamins and supplements you currently take
- Complete paperwork regarding your past medical history and current symptoms
- Give a urine sample, so come with a full bladder!
Once you meet with your urologist, you can discuss your symptoms. During the appointment, your doctor may want to perform the following:
- Physical Exam – Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may perform a physical exam. For men, a doctor may perform a digital rectal exam (DRE); for women, a doctor might complete a pelvic exam.
- Tests – It might be necessary for your doctor to order tests pending your symptoms and condition. Some standard tests your urologist might order include blood tests, urine tests or swabs to search for infections.
- Cough Test – Your doctor may perform a cough test for those with urinary incontinence. This test is used to search for leakage from the urethra.
Understanding what to expect at your first appointment with a urologist can help ease your mind and better prepare you for a successful appointment. Working with your urologist, you can identify your symptoms and begin a treatment plan for recovery.