There is certainly no shortage of stress these days, and that nagging anxiety can affect us in multiple ways, including physically. At some point in your life you will be forced to deal with it, so along with heart disease, high blood pressure, and kidney stones, here are 3 ways stress can impact urologic health.
It is a common misconception that urologists only treat men, but many women may need to see this specialist too. While your OBGYN will monitor your overall and reproductive health, they may refer you to a urologist to treat common disorders that affect your urinary tract.
4 Common Urological Issues for Women
Women can develop urological issues at any stage of life, but there are a number of medical conditions that become more common after menopause. The following issues are among the most treated in women:
Simply put, having an overactive bladder means that you frequently have an urgent need to urinate. Those with an overactive bladder may exhibit some of the following symptoms:
- A sudden urge to urinate that may be hard to control.
- You awaken more than once a night to urinate.
- You urinate eight or more times in 24 hours.
Causes of an overactive bladder range from something as simple as drinking too much caffeine to more serious conditions such as diabetes and kidney dysfunction. A urologist will perform tests to diagnose the cause.
Urinary incontinence is defined as the loss of bladder control which can result in the accidental leakage of urine. This problem is much more common than you may think! In fact, approximately 57 percent of women between the ages of 40 and 60 suffer from mild to severe urinary incontinence.
This issue can be caused by obesity, pregnancy later in life and menopause.
When germs get into your urinary tract (bladder, kidneys and the tubes that connect them) a UTI can occur. Most UTIs occur low in the urinary tract and are harmless if treated quickly, but if it spreads to your kidneys, more serious complications can occur. Women are more susceptible than men to urinary tract infections simply because of differences in anatomy.
Common symptoms for this infection include burning when urinating, passing small amounts of urine frequently, bloody urine and pelvic pain.
The bladder is held in place by tissue called the pelvic floor. When that tissue is stretched or weakened, the bladder may drop into the vagina. Often caused by aging, obesity, menopause or a prior pelvic surgery, this condition may result in an overactive bladder, urinary incontinence and urinary tract infections.
How Do I Know When to Visit a Urologist?
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may need to be examined by a urologist:
- Frequent urination
- Blood in urine
- Burning or discomfort when urinating
- Pelvic pain
If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please call Dr. Miguel Mercado at (281) 351-5174.
Let’s set the record straight right from the beginning, your urine should be pale yellow and clear. Anything else, take note.
A kidney infection is not to be taken lightly, and you should never ignore the symptoms.
If you are a man or woman urinary incontinence shouldn’t let that stop them from enjoying life and the activities they love. Traveling by car, train, or airplane can be a bit worrisome, but with a little forethought you can learn how to make traveling easier if you have urinary incontinence.
Remember during puberty when your “little boy voice” disappeared, and you woke up one morning transformed with a deeper “manly” voice? Testosterone is the hormone that causes these types of changes, and for men it is a vitally important hormone that can affect their general health.
Anyone who has ever experienced the knife-like pain of passing a kidney stone vows to do everything to keep their kidneys free of stones in the future. Those lucky enough to have never had a stone, listen up, because these tips may save you from a whole world of hurt.
Whichever column you fit in to, it can’t “hurt” to do a quick review, or learn for the first time, how to avoid kidney stones.