Bladder issues can affect women of all ages, and commonly include conditions such as incontinence, urinary tract infection (UTI), and overactive bladder. Bladder pain syndrome is also a common type of bladder problem.
At Dignity Health Central California, our providers offer personalized treatment for all types of bladder issues that affect sexual health, emotional well-being, and daily life. If you or a loved one is experiencing bladder problems in Central California, meet with an experienced women’s health provider for a diagnosis. For the expertise you deserve, Find a Doctor.
Pain & Other Symptoms of a Bladder Problem
Some of the most common symptoms of bladder problems are:
- Pain during urination
- Cloudy urine
- Frequent or sudden urge to urinate (more than eight times during the day or more than twice per night)
- Leaking urine
- Pain during sex
- Pressure or pain in your lower abdomen
Causes of Bladder Issues
Bladder issues are a unique group of disorders that can affect a woman for a variety of reasons:
- Medical conditions, such as diabetes, can increase your risk of developing a urinary tract infection.
- Hormonal changes can occur after menopause.
- Being overweight can increase the risk of bladder issues, such as incontinence.
- Pregnancy stretches the muscles that control the urethra and bladder.
- Childbirth, specifically a vaginal birth, can stretch and weaken the bladder muscles.
Other procedures that may be performed during childbirth, such as using forceps for delivery or having an episiotomy, can increase the risk of bladder problems.
Treating Bladder Issues at Dignity Health Central California
The most important aspect of treatment for bladder problems is seeking help as soon as possible. Our specialists at Dignity Health Central California are experienced in helping women treat and manage many bladder conditions that may be hard to talk about. We offer a range of treatment options, including:
- Lifestyle changes, including weight loss, reducing your intake of caffeine, and drinking plenty of water and cranberry juice
- Medications, such as antibiotics, to treat UTI or frequent urination
- Medical devices, including those to help reduce the symptoms of overactive bladder
- Surgery, such as procedures to correct incontinence (incontinence sling or bladder suspension)
To learn more about your options for treatment, talk with one of our caring doctors at Dignity Health Central California
Dignity Health Central California doctors can diagnose and treat all types of bladder issues, including incontinence and overactive bladder, in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.