While the general anatomy of the urinary tract is universal between women and men, the reproductive organs are decidedly different – and these differences affect the Whats and Whys of urological conditions experienced by women and men. While both genders can experience kidney stones and urinary tract infections, other urinary tract and reproductive issues have gender-specific causes and require gender-specific solutions.
The dedicated urologists at Palouse Specialty Physicians understand that some of the symptoms you’re experiencing may seem embarrassing or very personal in nature. However, we dedicate our lives to promoting urological health, and we know that early and accurate detection is your best bet for an efficient treatment (if needed) and successful recovery. Please contact us sooner, rather than later, to schedule an appointment so we can get you the attention and treatment you deserve.
Urinary tract infections are a woman’s most common urological complaint. In fact, women experience an average of five UTIs throughout their life, which is notably higher than men. Pregnant women are more prone to UTIs and are more likely to experience a UTI that travels to the kidneys. You should be examined at the first sign of painful urination and/or blood in the urine so treatment can commence ASAP.
Other common urological conditions that bring women into our office include:
Female urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence can occur as the result of stress (such as running, jumping or sneezing) or it can become more persistent, compromising daily activities or your ability to enjoy certain hobbies and pastimes. While pregnancy and vaginal delivery are a common factor in urinary incontinence - age, lifestyle and menopause are also triggers. Sometimes, physical rehabilitation can alleviate symptoms, other times prescription medication or surgery may be recommended.
Overactive bladder. The weakening of bladder walls and other anatomical issues can create an overactive bladder, resulting in the frequent urge to urinate and an inability to hold urine in the bladder for reasonable amounts of time.
Pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic floor reconstruction. Women are also prone to a condition called pelvic organ prolapse, where any or all organs in the pelvic cavity begin to drop down onto the pelvic floor. Physical therapy has been shown to be effective, but sometimes more dramatic treatment – in the floor of pelvic floor reconstruction – may be needed.
Vaginal prolapse. In more severe cases of prolapse, organs may prolapse such that they press onto – and move through – the vaginal canal. Sometimes, the vaginal canal can collapse and prolapse in on itself. Certain medical devices, like a pessary, may be enough to provide sufficient vaginal support. If not, corrective surgery is an option.
Contact us here in the urology department Palouse Specialty Physicians if you’re interested in finding the cause or your urological symptoms and are eagerly looking forward to finding a solution. Our team is committed to helping you live the best life you can, free from urological complaints. Life’s too short to live in discomfort or within constant view of a bathroom. We look forward to fixing what ails you.