Importance of Urinary Health
The urinary system of the human body performs the major function of eliminating unwanted wastes in the blood through bodily fluids. It primarily consists of the kidneys, ureters, the bladder and the urethra. While the kidneys filter the blood, the ureters move urine from the kidneys to the bladder; the bladder, which stores urine, moves this out of the body through the urethra. Although the kidney performs the most important function of segregating and eliminating wastes, all other parts of the urinary system are equally important to relieve the body from these toxins. The kidneys also play an important role in maintaining body fluids and blood acidity levels. Any problem in the urinary tract can impact the kidney as well, and vice versa. So it is crucial to maintain good urinary health and prevent urinary problems by consulting a urologist in case of any problems.
When should you see a Urologist?
Why do you see a urologist? What does a urologist do? Which doctor to consult for urinary problems? Let’s begin with the definition of a urologist.
A urologist treats all problems related to the urinary tract and reproductive organs. For women, such a doctor is usually referred to as the ‘urogynaecologist’. They are gynaecologists with special training to treat urinary problems in females, related to bladder control and other conditions involving the female reproductive system and urinary tract. There are many warning signs or symptoms that one may observe on a daily basis that may lead to bladder problems in women.
– Blood in urine
– Frequent urge to urinate
– Pain or burning sensation during urination
– Leaking urine
– Pain in the back or sides
These symptoms are commonly observed in many women suffering from urinary problems. Since the urinary system is so closely related to the reproductive system, it is very important for women to be proactive when it comes to their urinary health.
Why should you see a Urologist?
These symptoms are indicators of hidden diseases or ailments that can be avoided by taking care of them at an early stage. Some of the common conditions are as follows, they are the reasons to see a urologist:
- Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
According to research, most women have encountered a UTI at some point in their lives. This infection develops when bacteria enter the urinary tract. Its symptoms include pain or a burning sensation while urinating, the sudden urge to urinate and trouble to urinate. UTIs are treated with antibiotics.
Urinary incontinence is a problem with bladder control. When one is not able to control their bladder or the passing of urine through the bladder, it is an area of concern. It is a common problem among women. Treatments for this usually include a mix of exercises, meditation, injections, surgery etc.
Did you know? Women are twice as likely as men to have urinary incontinence. Read ‘10 Natural ways to prevent incontinence’ here.
- Fallen Bladder or Prolapse
In this condition, the urinary bladder falls into the vagina. When the wall of the vagina and bladder becomes weak, the bladders sinks into the vagina. This is treated through surgery.
- Painful Bladder Syndrome
As the name of the condition suggests, it causes discomfort in the bladder or lower belly. Commonly, it multiplies one’s urge to urinate, increasing it up to 60 times in a day. Despite this, the bladder always feels full. This condition is rare, yet extremely discomforting and interferes with daily life.
- Prolonged Bladder Pain
Frequent and prolonged pain in the bladder is a warning sign of serious urinary conditions. It could be due to cysts or other reasons. If the pain is very extreme and keeps you away from your daily activities, it needs immediate attention.
- Lower Stomach, Side of the Back, or Groin Pain
Usually, this kind of pain is a symptom of kidney stones. It could also be the result of hidden kidney infections or other urinary problems. If detected and treated early, many such complications can be prevented.
Women’s urinary health cannot be ignored or neglected. One often tends to overlook the symptoms or assume that the pain is originating from another part of the body (for example, kidney pain is often mistaken for back pain) when it comes to urinary health. As the urinary system is closely related to many other parts of the body (like the reproductive system) and performs the chief task of eliminating body wastes, it is vital to heed to the symptoms at the first sign of any.
What to expect when you see a urologist? Consult a urologist from time to time if you notice any change or discomfort in the normalcy of your urinary activities. Apollo Spectra Hospitals provides world-class infrastructure and also facilitates its patients with top Uro-Specialists. We understand the patients’ preference for female urologists to share such problems with and can provide for the same. Book an appointment now!