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    I've had a couple bouts of urological issues in the past. About 10-12 years ago I had an issue that felt like a bladder infection but my then-uro never did figure it out definitively. He thought it was prostatitis, though I've had my doubts.

    But recently I really did have prostatitis, and it makes some sense to me that wearing and wetting diapers may have been the cause. I don't know that's true but I can't imagine what else could have caused it.

    I told my first uro that I wore diapers to manage the infuriatingly constant need to pee and he was none too pleased. He also said he had to include that tidbit in my chart, though I have no idea if he actually did.

    But now I'm going to see a new urologist and I'm wondering if I should fess up. I don't want it in my records, which are accessible by insurance companies and, potentially, other doctors. I'm torn and I welcome thoughts from others who may have experienced similar situations.

    Thoughts? What would you do?

    -RMS

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    I see you're 52. I'm a little bit older than you and was just diagnosed with prostate cancer. If you haven't done so lately, have your doc do a PSA test and a DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) soon. Frequent urination and infections can mean cancer. I pray that it is not and just an enlarged prostate. The latter can be fixed with antibiotics.

    Having said that, diapers are really no concern of your doctor any more than if you wear a dress around your house. I don't think infections would be a result of them.

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    Thanks, Scaramouche. When I was recently diagnosed with prostatitis, I was given a DRE and I'm confident I will get another when I see the uro next week. Probably a PSA as well, which I've also had before, but it's been a bit. Sorry to hear about your diagnosis and hope you're doing okay.

    But I'm going to challenge your assertion that wearing and wetting diapers is analogous to wearing a dress. Wetting a diaper involves your urine, a bacteria-laden part of your body (since it's moist and warm most of the time), and your urethra. I know men are less prone to infections than women, due to a longer urethra, but I doubt the risk is zero. I have no proof diapers are a risk factor for prostate infections but I think there's enough reasonable doubt to raise the question, no?

    -RMS

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    Thanks, Scaramouche. When I was recently diagnosed with prostatitis, I was given a DRE and I'm confident I will get another when I see the uro next week. Probably a PSA as well, which I've also had before, but it's been a bit. Sorry to hear about your diagnosis and hope you're doing okay.
    I'm doing fine. I'm two weeks past surgery. Thanks!



    But I'm going to challenge your assertion that wearing and wetting diapers is analogous to wearing a dress. Wetting a diaper involves your urine, a bacteria-laden part of your body (since it's moist and warm most of the time), and your urethra. I know men are less prone to infections than women, due to a longer urethra, but I doubt the risk is zero. I have no proof diapers are a risk factor for prostate infections but I think there's enough reasonable doubt to raise the question, no?
    You can tell him. That's fine. There might be a correlation. I just thought you were wondering if it was important enough to bring up that you wear and I don't think it's any of his business. I have been 24/7 since surgery and the pull ups and diapers I wear are pretty good about wicking away the moisture. I change four times a day, though. My only super saturated one is the overnight diaper which I change first thing in the morning. (note that the overnight pee is mostly done on purpose )

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    Very interesting site! Because it clearly uses the same software as this site, I thought it was a sub-forum or something. I see how that could be a great resource!

    -RMS

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    My Urologist who is female knows I am in diapers 24/7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RMS401 View Post
    Very interesting site! Because it clearly uses the same software as this site, I thought it was a sub-forum or something. I see how that could be a great resource!

    -RMS
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    I doubt insurance companies or doctors would care that you wear diapers. They'd probably just assume it's for medical reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobodyknows View Post
    I doubt insurance companies or doctors would care that you wear diapers. They'd probably just assume it's for medical reasons.
    You're probably right that they wouldn't care, but then it would be listed as a preexisting condition. I try to give insurance companies as little information as I can. I may be on the paranoid side of things, but you know those "fitness challenge" things they offer at workplaces? They can earn you some pretty nice money . . . all you have to do is volunteer all kinds of information about your medical condition and lifestyle. I've never done a single one for that very reason.

    -RMS

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    Quote Originally Posted by caitianx View Post
    My Urologist who is female knows I am in diapers 24/7.
    If I were genuinely incontinent, which you appear to be, mine would as well. But since I'm not, bringing up the notion of diapers is a bit more complicated for me.

    Also, I thought about getting a female uro but in the end decided I just couldn't do it. It's not so much the fondling-your-genitals thing as it is the puttiing-a-finger-in-my-butt thing. I just couldn't do it.

    -RMS

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    it is the puttiing-a-finger-in-my-butt thing. I just couldn't do it.
    Women tend to have smaller fingers. Think about it.

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