Oakwood Womens Centre

Bladder Health

Bladder health issues can cause pain and affect quality of life

The bladder is part of the urinary system. This balloon-shaped muscle serves as the body’s storage site for urine. For the most part, we take it for granted as it quietly functions, but when something goes wrong, the pain and embarrassment that bladder health issues cause can seriously affect your daily life.

Urinary incontinence is a leading bladder health issue

Urinary incontinence is a bladder health issue that many women suffer from, but may not seek treatment for because they are embarrassed to talk with their physician about it. We encourage you to talk with our Round Rock OBGYNs if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of urinary incontinence.

  • Leaking urine when laughing, sneezing or exercising
  • Feeling a strong urge to urinate, or leaking before you reach the bathroom
  • Waking up at night to urinate
  • Waking up to find you leaked urine during the night

Your symptoms may be caused by stress, urge or mixed incontinence. We can diagnose and treat these bladder health problems.

Urinary tract infections can cause cystitis

Urinary tract infections are both a urinary tract issue and a bladder health issue. These infections are caused by bacteria that enter the urinary tract through the urethra. The infection may continue moving up the urethra into the bladder where it can cause an infection called cystitis. If it becomes chronic, the patient has interstitial cystitis.

It’s important to be aware of the symptoms of urinary tract infections, or UTIs, so you can seek treatment in order to avoid recurrent or chronic bladder health issues.

  • Feeling an urgent need to urinate
  • Urinating frequently
  • Sharp pain that occurs during urination
  • Cloudy urine that may have a strong odor

If you notice blood in your urine, or if you experience chills, fever, back pain, nausea or vomiting, you should seek immediate treatment.

Interstitial cystitis is sometimes called painful bladder syndrome

Interstitial cystitis is a chronic bladder health problem that occurs when your bladder is sending your brain the wrong signals, causing you to feel the urge to urinate even though there is only a small amount of urine inside your bladder. This causes you to urinate more frequently. Symptoms vary and may be more severe in some women than in others.

  • Pain that improves when you urinate
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Pain that feels like pressure or discomfort in the lower abdominal and pelvic region
  • Feeling the need to urinate urgently and/or frequently

Our Round Rock OBGYNs care about your bladder health, and we urge you to see us if you experience any symptoms that may indicate a problem. Contact us today for an appointment.