Don’t Laugh! What You Need to Know About Leakage of Urine

Every day, I see women in my clinic for leakage of urine.  One thing I’ve found over the years is that virtually every woman with bladder problems are very embarrassed by it.  They are so ashamed that it often takes years for them to discuss it with their doctor – and many have never even spoken to their spouse about it.  If you get nothing out of the rest of this article, at least understand that there is nothing to be ashamed of, and there absolutely are things that can be done to improve it.  Here are some key things to know about leakage of urine, otherwise known as urinary incontinence.

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Help! My Bladder is Falling!

Have you ever been in the shower and noticed a bulge in your vaginal area? If so, you may be one of the many women with something called pelvic organ prolapse (POP).  Nearly half of women over the age of 50 have POP, but rarely are they prepared for it or even know what it is when they discover it.  It can be a frightening thing, not knowing what is going on.  If your doctor has ever told you that your ‘bladder has dropped’, then you have prolapse.  While it can be very disconcerting, frightening, or just annoying, it is not something to fear.  Continue reading to learn what it is and what to do about it.

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What is Urogynecology?

The world is aware of the gynecologists and urologists but little do people know about urogynecologists and the question yet remain unresolved, “what is urogynecology”!

In this blog, we’ll briefly discuss the important aspects of urogynecology and that how Urogynecology Diagnostic Tests can be helpful towards patients suffering from diseases associated with this specific branch of medicine.

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Bladder infections

Frequent urinary tract infection is one of the most common reasons women come to see me in my clinic.  Why? Because they are awful.  Anyone who has ever had an infection in their urine, called a UTI, knows this.  They can cause severe pain, urinary frequency, a terrible odor in the urine, and be disruptive to even normal daily activities.  Having just one is something a woman is likely to remember for a lifetime.  Unfortunately, many women get them several times a year.

If you have had 2 or more UTIs in the last 6 months, or 3 or more in the last year, then you have recurrent UTIs.  Now, here’s the catch – these need to be ‘proven’ based on urine culture.  Overactive bladder, chronic pelvic pain, vaginal infection, and painful bladder syndrome can all mimic the symptoms of UTI and need to be ruled out before you spend your time and money trying to prevent a bladder infection.  A word of caution – much of the time, when a patient comes to my office, they have never actually had a urine culture.  They think they have, but what was actually done was a screening test called a urinalysis that was suspicious, so they were given antibiotics. If your symptoms get better on antibiotics, then great.  But if not, don’t assume it’s because the medicine didn’t work.  It may just be that you didn’t have a UTI to begin with.

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