Bladder issues are very common and affect women regardless of age. They include conditions such as incontinence, urinary tract infection (UTI), interstitial cystitis (bladder pain syndrome), and overactive bladder.
At Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals, we understand that bladder issues affect a woman’s quality of life. They can interfere with emotional wellbeing, sexual health, and daily activities. Call (702) 616-4900 or Find a Doctor online who can help treat your bladder issues in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.
Causes of Incontinence & Other Bladder Problems
Bladder issues are much more common for women than they are for men. Factors that increase the risk of a bladder issue include:
- Childbirth. Vaginal childbirth weakens and stretches pelvic muscles that affect the urinary system. Certain medical procedures associated with birth, such as the use of forceps for delivery and episiotomy, increase the risk bladder issues.
- Pregnancy. Some muscles that control the urethra (the tube that urine travels down to leave the body) and bladder can be stretched out of shape during pregnancy.
- Body weight. Being overweight increases the risk of bladder problems, especially incontinence.
- Medical conditions. Diabetes, for instance, increases the risk of urinary tract infections.
- Hormonal changes. Bladder issues are more common after menopause.
Symptoms of Bladder Issues & Bladder Control Problems
Common signs of bladder issues include:
- Painful urination
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Urinary leakage
- Sudden or frequent urge to urinate
- Cloudy urine
- Pressure or pain in the lower abdomen
- Frequent urination (more than two times at night or eight times during the day)
Treating Bladder Issues at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
Treatment and prevention options depend on your specific medical history, lifestyle habits, risk factors, and bladder issues. Your options may include:
- Surgery. Doctors may use surgery to correct bladder issues if other treatments have failed to provide sufficient relief.
- Medical devices. Specially designed medical devices deliver electric current to specific muscles and nerves of the urinary tract. Health care providers sometimes use these devices to treat overactive bladder.
- Medication. Doctors usually prescribe antibiotics to prevent and treat urinary tract infections. Other medications are used to relax the muscles and nerves that control the bladder to decrease the urge to urinate.
- Lifestyle modifications. Eating a healthy diet and losing weight (if you are overweight) and may help decrease bladder issues. Other lifestyle modifications include decreasing intake of caffeinated beverages and drinking plenty of water and cranberry juice. “Bladder training” is used to treat incontinence.
Don’t let shyness or embarrassment prevent you from getting help for your bladder issues. With appropriate treatment and diagnosis, many women are able to enjoy an improved quality of life and resume their usual activities.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals offers compassionate care for bladder issues in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.