Cystoscopy Fears

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Hi to All: I'm a male in my 60s, have had persistent UTI's for years, along with frequent blood in my urine.  My doc has recommened and scheduled a cystoscopy. The more I think about it, the idea of having a scope inserted in my penis and up into my bladder -- with only a topical anesthetic--is pretty frightening to me. I've been worrying about it now for a week.  Can anyone who's a veteran of this offer any information about the pain/difficulty level?  Thanks, I appreciate it.. 

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    I'm female so I'm sure it's different but I too had made myself a wreck thinking about it and in my case it was NOTHING and I didn't have any pain or discomfort at all.  I didn't even feel like I needed to pee.  It was over in seconds. 
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    Cant give you a male experience of it, sure someone will iin a while. l had my first cystoscopy due to pain and frequency, had it with anascetic, slept for an hour after and had a bit of discomfort, but less than l had with problems leading up to it  Second one more recently with local anascetic l was concerned about it, discomfort embaressment, but it was easy, no discomfort or embarressement, over in 5min, they used anascetic gel, that was a bit of a shock as very cold, then felt nothing with procedure.  Maybe youll get male perspective next, good luck with it. and at least you should get reason for uti,s. 
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    I replyed to your post per email but will do again ! I have had a lot of Cystos this year !They are uncomfortable for us men we get a gel squeezed down the eye of the snake and they wait about 20 mins for it to work then they go into the bladder which I found uncomfortable each time ! the last time they had to retrieve a Stent that was put in after a TURBT but all in all notheing to worry about and HEY its for your good
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    Geoffrey, stop worrying, this is not as bad as it sounds.  I have a yearly cystoscopy, so yes I'm a veteran.  This procedure isn't painful, at worst there is slight discomfort.  Urinating after the procedure has some slight and short lived burning.  In my case I had cancerous polyps removed, it can be a life saver.
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    Hi Geoffrey, I'm a veteran at 36. Have had 6 of these in the last 18 months. They don't hurt mate, first one I felt a bit of a sting but not bad at all. I rber worrying too. The anticipation of it is far worse than the actual event. Back in March for my next one.
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