Treatment for female urology disorders often successfully controls or eliminates them. Women come to urologists for a wide range of conditions relating to the female genitourinary (relating to organs of reproduction and urination) tract, including:
The most common of these conditions are urinary incontinence, pelvic prolapse and vaginal mesh complications.
Urinary Incontinence. Inability to control urination happens for a variety of reasons, including advancing age, strains on the pelvic area during childbirth and radiation treatment for cancer. The problem may be infrequent and minor, with just a few drops of urine lost when stress is put on the bladder. In more severe cases, a woman may lose large amounts of urine unexpectedly. Treatments for this condition vary depending on the cause.
Over time, the bladder muscle may gradually become stronger, thicker, and overly sensitive; it begins to contract even when it contains small amounts of urine, causing a need to urinate frequently. Eventually, the bladder muscle cannot overcome the effect of the narrowed urethra so urine remains in the bladder and it is not completely emptied.
Symptoms of enlarged prostate can include:
When the bladder does not empty completely, you become at risk for developing urinary tract infections. Other serious problems can also develop over time, including bladder stones, blood in the urine, incontinence, and acute urinary retention (an inability to urinate). A sudden and complete inability to urinate is a medical emergency; you should see your doctor immediately. In rare cases, bladder and/or kidney damage can develop from BPH.