November is National Bladder Awareness Month

Published On: 11/20/2014

November is Bladder Health awareness month – Chesapeake Urology Urges Women with Bladder Control Conditions to Seek Help, Reclaim Life

Female bladder conditions affect millions of women every year and can have a negative impact on a woman's quality of life. In recognition of National Bladder Health Awareness Month, Chesapeake Urology is shedding light on bladder control problems such as overactive bladder and stress incontinence. These conditions often interfere with a woman's lifestyle, well-being and overall sense of confidence. Many women live with these conditions in silence because they either believe there is no effective treatment, or they don’t know where to turn for help.

In response to the growing need for comprehensive, dedicated female urologic health services in the region, Chesapeake Urology developed its Women’s Personal Health Program in 2013. The program provides women with the resources and specialists needed to address urinary incontinence, bladder conditions such as interstitial cystitis, neurogenic bladder and bladder cancer, as well as a wide range of female pelvic health and urologic issues.

Recognize The Symptoms of Bladder Control Conditions

Chesapeake Urology’s urinary incontinence specialists have helped women of all ages manage bladder control problems successfully and return to a higher quality of life. The first step to overcoming the condition is to recognize the symptoms and understand that bladder control issues are not a normal part of aging.

Overactive Bladder (OAB) – Know the Symptoms

  • That “gotta go” feeling or urge to urinate frequently.
  • Urine leakage – the urge to urinate may cause your bladder to leak a little or a lot.
  • Increased frequency of urination – you may need to go to the bathroom more than eight times throughout the day.
  • Waking up at night to urinate.

Symptoms of Stress Incontinence

  • Urine leakage when you laugh, sneeze, cough or lift.
  • Urine leakage worsens when your bladder is full.

 

Tips for Taking Control Over Incontinence

The female incontinence specialists at Chesapeake Urology offer women with bladder control issues these tips to achieving control over their conditions:

  1. Understand that bladder control problems aren’t a normal part of aging.

  2. Pregnancy and childbirth are leading factors in the development of urinary incontinence issues, but even women who have never been pregnant are affected by bladder control conditions such as OAB and stress incontinence.

  3. If you leak urine when you laugh, sneeze or cough, talk to a urologist about stress incontinence.

  4. If you have a constant “gotta go” feeling, have a constant urge to urinate and live in fear of not being near a bathroom at all times, overactive bladder (OAB) may be the problem – and there are solutions!

  5. Know the symptoms and get help. A urologist who specializes in female urology and female bladder control conditions will understand what you are going through and have a number of viable treatment options to help you.

This November, Put An End to Bladder Control Problems for Good and Start Living Life Again

The female urology specialists at Chesapeake Urology urge all women with one or more symptoms of urinary incontinence to seek the help they need to overcome their condition. Urinary incontinence isn’t just a physical condition – it causes emotional stress and embarrassment for many women. Fortunately, there is help.

 

Learn more about Chesapeake Urology’s Women’s Personal Health Program and the unique approach to integrated and personal bladder care, or call 877-771-9508 to schedule an appointment with an incontinence specialist, and begin your journey to better health.