Taking care of one’s health should be an absolute foundation for everyone, regardless of age. Special attention should be given to our intimate organs as they are susceptible to numerous diseases. In diagnosing issues related to the urinary system consultation with a urologist is essential. With their support, potential problems can be quickly identified and treatment initiated.

When should you see a urologist?

All men over the age of 45 should regularly seek the assistance of a urologist. Periodic visits can confirm that there are no developing urinary system diseases. Seeking the help of a specialist is especially recommended when experiencing problems with urination. If there is pain or burning during urination, it is essential to contact a specialist. Contrary to common beliefs, not only men but also women should seek the assistance of a urologist. Although women are less prone to urinary system issues, periodic check-ups are recommended for them as well.

Urologists commonly specialize in issues such as:

What falls under the scope of urology?

Urology is an extensively encountered branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of various urinary and reproductive system disorders in both men and women. Specialists in urology address various problems, including severe urinary tract infections, kidney stones, prostate issues, infertility, erectile dysfunction, and genitourinary cancers. Urology employs highly innovative diagnostic and therapeutic methods, including laboratory tests, medical imaging, endoscopy, and surgical procedures. Thanks to urology, swift treatment of urinary and reproductive system disorders is possible, contributing to the improvement of health and quality of life for all patients.


Mr Ivo Donkov

Dr Ivo Donkov

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Dr Ivo Donkov

Dr. Ivo Donkov is an experienced consultant urologist based in London. He works at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust and West Middlesex University Hospital.


Dr. Donkov specializes in lower urinary tract issues, benign prostatic hyperplasia, andrology, and general urology, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of:

  • Prostate, testicular, and penile disorders (including penile curvature and tight foreskin)
  • Urethral, kidney, and bladder conditions in both men and women
  • Andrology problems – erectile dysfunction and infertility
  • Voiding difficulties
  • Incontinence
  • Hematuria (blood in urine)
  • Hematospermia (blood in semen)

He is one of the first urologists to introduce the minimally invasive Urolift system for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia and has extensive experience in this field.

Dr. Donkov has received extensive training and certifications in urology from Bulgaria, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and the United States. He obtained his medical qualifications from the Higher Medical Institute in Sofia, where he also earned his doctorate and habilitation degree. He also completed fellowships at UCLH, the University of Leuven (Belgium), and the University of California, Irvine (USA) in Orange County. Additionally, he trained in Spain at a center specializing in BPH management.

Dr. Donkov is a member of the European Association of Urology, the Endourological Society, and the International Continence Society.

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