Natural remedies for overactive bladder symptoms.

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Physicians are often accused of “throwing medicines at a problem” and there is truth in this. However, most doctors use medicines as an adjunct to complement measures a patient can take to help urinary issues. This article goes into things “the patient can do” to help the issue and make a medicine, if one chooses to take it, more effective or not necessary…at all.

From Medical News Today-This is a good starting point in the management of OAB symptoms.

Common questions about a vasectomy answered by Dr. McHugh on Vasectomy.com-? Persistent sperm.

My vasectomy failed. My doctor recommended another procedure with a larger incision under general anesthesia. Should I be concerned?

I had a vasectomy 6 months ago and have done 4 post sperm samples (following time lapse between samples and # of ejaculations). After the last, the doctor himself called to say there were still active sperm. He recommended another procedure with a larger incision, and this time under general anesthesia. It’s a well known hospital and experienced urologist. I already know this is fairly uncommon, but should I be concerned? If he didn’t cut the right thing, what did he cut?

I would not be concerned. Unfortunately, it happens that sperm persists or there is early re-canalization. The larger incision and anesthesia is just a precaution to be sure that everything is correctly identified, that you are comfortable, and that if more dissection is needed, he’ll be prepared. It is unusual for an experienced urologist to not identify the vas correctly as it has a definitive character on palpation.

Other Q and A on vasectomy.com

Something different: A recommendation for a book to read.

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No, there are no hidden urological messages in this book…it is just delightful. All of the Russian stuff circulating around in the news has piqued my interest in Russian history. This book is historical fiction and about a Count who in 1918 or so has been banned to live out the rest of his life…in a hotel. Just as I thought “Boys in the Boat” would be too limited in scope to enjoy and was wrong, so too was my first impression of this book.

Not since “A Man Called Ove” has a book captured my imagination and has been informative as well. If you like a bit of history and want to go a little deeper into Russian history than you’ll get on the news, then let me assure you that you will cherish this book.

Don’t like to read? I listen to books while I’m in the care or when I walk or ride a bike…so there is no excuse.

Enjoy!