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abc1
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I am a teenage guy and i think i may have UTI & UI. I have not yet seen a doctor as I am embarrassed and nervous about telling my parents about this. I can't go see a doctor on my own and I don't know how to approach/tell my parents and tell them that I want to see a doctor about it. Can anyone give advice on how best to approach this?

Also, I have this worry that during "genital" and full body doctor exams , I sometimes get an erection for no reason (maybe because I feel uncomfortable or nervous...). How can I prevent this from happening as it is an embarrassing situation?

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UTIs are pretty uncommon in men, but they can happen.

Ultimately, though, you're going to have to be examined and diagnosed by a doctor, and there's really no avoiding that. And since UTIs can spread to the kidneys, if you think that's what you have, you really don't want to wait.

Per how to tell your parents, I'd simply tell them the symptoms you're having and make clear you are in pain and need to go to the doctor. Why can't you go on your own, if that's the big barrier?

Doctors are SO used to men getting erections for no reason: in healthcare, we know it's normal and common, especially with young men, and a healthcare provider really isn't going to think anything of it, I promise. There's really nothing you can do to prevent it, just like there's nothing you can do to prevent, say, breaking into a sweat all of a sudden. It's just one of those things the body sometimes does that's out of our control.

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Ok but I am not allowed to go to the doctor on my own without one of my parents with me... and i still feel embarrassed and not sure how to tell my parents... should i just say i want to go to a doctor because i feel some pain when going to the bathroom?
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I think that's a fine way to say this.

Can I ask why you feel embarrassed? I say that because your bladder really isn't any different than, say, your stomach. Would a stomach ache be something to be embarrassed about?

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