Urology and Women | 5 Health Conditions

Urology and Women | 5 Health Conditions

While there tends to be a focus on men’s urological health, this blog post delves into the importance of urology for women’s health. Take a look at five conditions that impact women.

Sometimes, people are surprised to discover that in addition to treating the male reproductive system, urologists treat diseases and conditions in the kidneys, bladder, and urinary tract. As such, urology is relevant to both genders in all stages of life.

Urinary tract infections / bladder infections

urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the urinary system caused by bacteria that have entered the urinary tract. Most women will develop a urinary tract infection at some point in their lives. Women with a UTI may have pain or burning when they urinate. They may also feel a sudden urge to go to the bathroom but then have trouble urinating. 

Overactive bladder

Overactive bladder (OAB) is the name for a group of urinary symptoms. Its most common symptom is a sudden, uncontrolled need or urge to urinate or the need to pass urine many times during the day and night. Between 30 and 40% of people will experience symptoms of an overactive bladder at some point in their life. Treatments range from medication or nerve stimulation to Botox injections or surgery.

Incontinence 

Millions of women experience involuntary loss of urine, called urinary incontinence. While urinary incontinence occurs more often in older women than in young women, it can affect women of all ages and from all walks of life. Incontinence can be treated with a variety of approaches, depending on the severity of the condition as well as the patient’s individual needs.

Pelvic floor prolapse

Pelvic floor prolapse occurs when the upper portion of the vagina loses its normal shape and sags or drops down into the vaginal canal or outside of the vaginal opening. There are several types of pelvic floor prolapse, including bladder, rectum, small bowel and uterus. While this condition can be fixed in most cases, it’s essential to see a urologist quickly to ensure treatment success.

Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is long-term inflammation of the bladder wall, also called painful bladder syndrome. Its symptoms are similar to a urinary tract infection, such as urinary urgency and pelvic pain, but lack an identifiable cause such as bacterial infection. IC impacts approximately 12 per cent of women.

Book an appointment with Urology Specialist

Urologists can be the key to solving any women’s health issues discussed above. Therefore, it is essential to become well-informed and educated regarding available options and treatment methods.

If you have any questions regarding urology and women’s health or would like to book an appointment, please feel free to contact or call Dr Arianayagam’s office on 1300 307 990. His staff will be able to assist.

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