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Women’s urological issues include:
Recurrent urinary tract infections can affect women of all ages. Normally, an active, healthy woman can expect to get one or two infections per year. Symptoms of a bladder infection include burning with urination, frequency of urination, pelvic discomfort, cloudy urine and occasionally blood in the urine. Symptoms can vary and not all women will present with the same complaints. Most of the time, we do not find a significant cause for a recurrent problem with infections, but it is worth visiting a urologist if you are experiencing more than three infections per year.
Pelvic pain syndromes include pelvic floor spasms, Interstitial Cystitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Endometriosis. Urologists treat pelvic floor spasms and Interstitial Cystitis. Gastrointestinal specialists treat irritable bowel syndrome and Gynecologists treat Endometriosis. Pelvic floor spasms occur when the muscles that surround the urethra (the tube you urinate through) tighten. The symptoms include cramping and burning around the urethra, and in the vagina. Treatment includes warm baths, exercises, and, occasionally, medication and/or physical therapy.
Interstitial Cystitis is a poorly understood condition in which the bladder becomes inflamed and irritated for no known reason. Symptoms include frequency of urination and pelvic pain. There are many successful interventions for treating Interstitial Cystitis, so consultation with a Urologist can be very helpful.
Urinary incontinence is any unwanted loss of urine. There are two main types seen in women—urge incontinence and stress incontinence. Urge incontinence occurs when urine leaks out while accompanied with the urge to urinate. Stress incontinence occurs when urine squirts out during an activity, such as coughing, laughing or sneezing. Many treatment options are available for both conditions. We offer state-of –the-art diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in our practice.
Pelvic floor prolapse refers to the condition in which the pelvic organs fall into the vaginal canal. The sensation of fullness in the vagina or the presence of a ball falling through the vaginal opening are the most common presentations. The organs that can fall include the bladder, the uterus, the rectum, and the small intestine. Many options are available for addressing this problem. We have specially trained physicians who are familiar with the latest techniques in pelvic floor repair.