Although a good number of men seek care from a skilled urologist, the field in which we practice also serves an important role in women’s health. Women may be affected by urological disorders if they experience conditions in the urinary tract, bladder, or kidneys, but help is not far away. With early care, most conditions can be treated with relative ease.
Some of the common conditions that we treat include:
- Infections in the bladder or urinary tract. Urinary tract infection, or UTI, is a common problem which every woman are likely to encounter at some point. Infection develops as a result of bacteria within the urinary tract. Symptoms of this condition include a frequent and intense urge to urinate, but little output. Depending on the severity of infection, blood may be noticed in the urine. Typically, a UTI can be resolved with a round of antibiotic treatment.
- Urinary incontinence. The accidental leakage of urine can be a frustrating problem for a woman. The condition may occur as a result of laxity after childbirth and may be exacerbated by the changes a woman undergoes around mid-life, as she approaches menopause. There are several treatment options to help a woman manage bladder control and minimize instances of bladder leakage. Each person being unique, the path to improvement is tailored based on need and preference.
- Overactive bladder. Overactive bladder, or OAB, is a urinary problem in which a woman feels the urge to urinate often. It may coincide with urinary incontinence, as well. OAB affects millions of women in our country, and it can be treated with appropriate methods, such as Botox or nerve stimulation.
- Vaginal prolapse. Vaginal prolapse may also be referred to as pelvic organ prolapse. This condition involves the “falling” or weakness of the muscles of the pelvic floor and the subsequent drop of the organs supported by those muscles. In extreme cases, these organs may protrude outside of the vaginal canal. Surgical repair is necessary.
We understand that the large majority of patients who need to see a urologist would prefer not to discuss the issues they face. However, with prompt and consistent care, such conditions can be managed or completely resolved.
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