Many urological problems affect both menÂ andwomen, such as kidney stones, urinary tract infections and certain types of cancer. However, the physiological differences between men’s and women’s urinary tracts mean that some conditions are gender-specific and should be treated as such.
National Women’s Health Week, from May 10-16, serves as an opportunity to raise awareness of female urologic issues and encourage women to take steps to improve their health.
You may be surprised at some of the statistics:
– Bladder cancer: more than 18,000 women were diagnosed in 2014. Though it’s less common in women than men, women have a worse prognosis and lower survival rate – which highlights the importance of early detection through regular check-ups.
– Interstitial Cystitis (IC): an estimated 3.3 million women suffer from IC, also known as painful bladder syndrome. Because IC likely has several different causes, no single approach works for everyone – meaning individual treatment based on personal consultation is necessary.
– Incontinence: women experience the involuntary loss of urine control about twice as often as men. And one in three women experiences stress incontinence – the involuntary leaking of urine when coughing, sneezing, laughing or just walking. Incontinence or symptoms of overactive bladder can adversely affect daily life but are typically treatable.
For women, these conditions can be exacerbated as a result of pregnancy, childbirth, menopause or a hysterectomy.
The Urology Group is proud to have three physicians who are certified in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. This specialization gives us better insight to female urology conditions, leading to better patient care.
If you are experiencing problems, consult with a physician; it’s also important to monitor your health with routine wellness appointments.