February 24, 2023
Urologists understand that bladder conditions may not be enjoyable topics for discussion, but we also know they are even less fun to experience, often interrupting daily life with pain and increased trips to the bathroom.
As a urologist at MidLantic Urology’s Bryn Mawr, Paoli and Ambulatory Surgery Center, some of the most common bladder conditions I treat are overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, urinary tract infections (UTIs) and bladder cancer.
These issues can affect patients of all ages. Read below to learn more about what you may experience with these conditions and how to take care of your bladder.
What are symptoms that indicate a bladder condition?
Bladder pain can be very complex, and it is often multifactorial as it can be affected by diet, hydration, menstrual cycles, childbirth, menopause, bowel disorders and infections.
Generally, bladder-oriented discomfort will be associated with urinary symptoms such as burning, frequent urination, urgent urination or increased voiding at night. Blood in the urine may also be a symptom of an underlying bladder condition.
What can cause bladder issues?
Bladder issues, like most health issues, can be affected by underlying medical comorbidities such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes. Some bladder issues, like UTIs, can be caused from an infection.
However, there are some steps you can take to mind your future bladder health. Some urinary tract infections can be prevented from proper hygiene, wiping front to back when using the bathroom and urinating after sex.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day, and avoid caffeine, alcohol and sodas which dehydrate the body, and can worsen overactive bladder symptoms. Hydrating often with water is also less likely to irritate the lining of your bladder or urethra, and can help flush out your urinary system, deterring the buildup of minerals that can create stones.
And lastly, avoiding smoking not only will improve your overall health, but can also improve general bladder health, bladder symptoms and reduce the risk of bladder cancer.
How else can patients take care of their bladder health?
Foremost, be in-tune of your health. Take notice of any changes that you may be experiencing, and let your urologist know. If you have sudden changes in your urinating patterns, frequency, issues of burning or otherwise, be sure to seek evaluation. In general, a healthy lifestyle with exercise, a healthy diet and the avoidance of bladder irritants will decrease the risk of developing bladder pathologies.
Dr. Brian Friel practices at MidLantic Urology’s Bryn Mawr (Bryn Mawr Ave), Paoli (4 Industrial Blvd) and Paoli (4 Industrial Blvd) Ambulatory Surgery Center offices. Learn more about the bladder conditions and other urologic conditions that MidLantic Urology physicians treat here.
If you have questions about your urologic health, find a MidLantic Urology location near you here.