Bladder problems are quite common in women. Whether you are prone to frequent infections during pregnancy or suffering a loss of bladder control later in life, urinary issues can become a major source of disruption and embarrassment. There are some key warning signs that tell you that your bladder health is in jeopardy and that you need to see a doctor. Not only do some of these symptoms indicate a problem within your urinary system, but they can also mean that another system in your body is compromised. In fact, urogynecologist Raymond Rackley, MD states that “eighty percent of the causes of bladder problems are related to conditions outside of the bladder,” These can include problems with the nervous or cardiovascular systems.
Your bladder symptoms should never be ignored. If you are experiencing any of the following, please give us a call at North Pointe OB/GYN in Cumming:
Increase in Frequency
This is one of the most common signs of a bladder infection. While it is normal to urinate about six to eight times in a 24-hour period, going excessively could indicate a problem. If you’ve consumed large amount of fluid or increased your caffeine intake for the day, urinating more often is explainable. However, if you consistently find yourself trying to find a bathroom, it could be a sign of interstitial cystitis, bladder infection or overactive bladder.
Change in Color
The more hydrated your body is, the lighter your urine will be. While supplements do influence the color of your urine, a darker hue often indicates that you are dehydrated. However, if you notice that your urine becomes pinkish or red, you need to see a physician as soon as possible. Blood in your urine always needs to be investigated and treated.
Burning or Pain
If it feels uncomfortable to void your bladder, don’t ignore it. Some women feel burning or sharp pains while urinating if they have a bladder infection. It may also be accompanied by a deep aching sensation when are finished. Your bladder is designed to retain and release fluids. This process should never be painful unless there is a problem.
Incontinence refers to a loss of urinary control. There is stress incontinence and urge incontinence, and your treatment will depend on which type you have. While loss of bladder control or a leaking bladder is common and even joked about in older women, it shouldn’t be accepted as an inevitable part of aging. There are effective treatments and procedures to rectify your weak bladder and reduce incontinence.
At North Pointe OB/GYN, we have a team of gynecologists who specialize in treating urinary problems in women. If you experience a sudden change in your bladder habits or feel discomfort when going to the bathroom, please let us know. Remember that untreated bladder problems can become a serious threat to your overall health.