Many urological wisdoms do not stand up to closer examination
Many men shy away from going to the urologist out of shame. That is precisely why there are so many myths about urology. Therefore it makes sense to clean it up once. Dr. Reinhold Schaefer, urologist and managing director of the medical network Uro-GmbH North Rhine clarifies ten common mistakes.
Myth No. 1: Laptops, heated seats and Co. make them impotent
Common topic: male potency and fertility. Technical devices in particular are repeatedly suspected of endangering masculinity. According to popular belief, heat from seat heating or the use of laptops on the lap, for example, affects fertility. "It is true that testicles cannot tolerate excessive heat," explains Dr. Shepherd. "For permanent damage, however, it would be necessary to overheat for weeks or months."
Myth # 2: Lame sperm from cell phone radiation
Mobile phones, on the other hand, are considered to be damaging to fertility, primarily due to the radiation they emit. According to the current state of science, this fear seems unfounded. Here too, heat, which cell phones give off when they are carried in trouser pockets, is at most the cause of a temporarily restricted sperm quality.
Myth # 3: Bicycling endangers masculinity
The rumor also persists that cycling makes you impotent. However, urologists also contradict this frequently expressed assumption. Even those who cycle a lot and for a long time do not suffer any damage. Experts attribute any pain after longer tours to a misalignment of the saddle. "However, even these painful irritations do not indicate any restrictions in potency," emphasizes Dr. Shepherd.
Myth # 4: Cold causes bladder infections
In the female gender, on the other hand, popular wisdom is often about a disease that many women really suffer from: cystitis. According to popular belief, it is caused by hypothermia. There is at least a spark of truth in this statement, because wetness and cold favor the development of a bladder infection. However, the disease is caused by bacteria that enter the bladder in a variety of ways.
Myth No. 5: Cranberry juice as a "miracle weapon" against urinary infections
As a gentle remedy for urinary tract infections, many recommend eating cranberry juice, capsules or the dried fruit. But here too it can be seen that myth and reality often do not match. "Studies have shown that a substance contained in the berry makes bacteria difficult to attach to the walls of the bladder, but it does not provide reliable protection or an effective remedy for inflammation," says Dr. Schaefer clear.
Myth No. 6: "My bubble is about to burst"
“My bubble is about to burst” - a sentence that often comes up when the next quiet place is out of reach. But can a full bladder really burst? A healthy bladder holds between 250 and 500 milliliters of urine, depending on gender and height, and does not simply burst if there is no emptying. However, if the amount exceeds the maximum filling volume, even the strongest muscles can no longer withstand the pressure and the bladder empties. Uncomfortable, but not dangerous.
Study shows: Drinking more water reduces the risk of bladder infections
Myth # 7: STDs die out
STDs are the downside of lust. But although everyone can use condoms to protect themselves effectively against these sometimes extremely serious diseases, carelessness is spreading increasingly. Tripper, syphilis & Co. are considered "threatened" with extinction. In truth, however, all of these infections are increasing again. Since certain venereal diseases can cause cancer or render sterile, those affected should immediately consult a urologist at the first signs - and the best thing to do is prevent.
Myth # 8: Only women go through menopause
Hot flashes, sweats and mood swings - there are easier phases than a woman's menopause. But not only the female gender is affected by the consequences of the so-called climacteric. Around every third to fourth man also perceives unpleasant symptoms such as a drop in performance, sexual discomfort or erectile dysfunction as a result of hormonal changes.
Myth No. 9: Men can always
Most men want to live up to this myth. But even with strong sex, the sexual desire decreases in certain phases of life and with increasing age. In younger men - up to 45 years of age - erection problems often arise as a result of stress, medication or alcohol. In older age, physical factors are often in the foreground. In both cases, urologists help to find individual triggers and appropriate therapies.
Myth No. 10: Blue miracle pill awakens tired men
When the first erection-promoting agents came on the market at the end of the 90s, the blue pills were not only literally on everyone's lips. But now the great excitement is over. Potency pills are still considered a successful remedy for erectile dysfunction, but men without this organic dysfunction describe the persistent high as a rather annoying. There are also side effects such as headache and nausea. There are also many other causes of erectile dysfunction that these medications cannot treat. (sb)