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Women’s Health Month Spotlight

Women’s Health Month Spotlight

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In honor of Women’s Health Month, we’re putting a spotlight on some common urologic conditions that women sometimes face, such as urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence, and kidney stones. The goal of Women’s Health Month is to encourage women to make their health a top priority, and the first step is educating our patients about these conditions so that they can recognize symptoms and seek help.

Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary Tract Infections - also known as UTIs - are all too common for many women, with symptoms including pain while urinating, cloudy or discolored urine, and frequent urination. Our specialists can develop a treatment plan for patients that combines medication and/or home remedies to treat the UTI quickly and as painlessly as possible.

Kidney stones are the product of minerals crystalizing in the kidney, varying from small to large in size. Symptoms of kidney stones include frequent urination, fever, nausea, dark-colored urine, and hematuria (blood in the urine). At Urology Associates of Mobile, we use CT scans, X-rays, and urine and blood tests to properly diagnose and treat our patients.

For patients with smaller kidney stones and little to no disruptive symptoms, treatment can be as minimal as drinking more water, using pain relievers such as ibuprofen, or taking medicine to help relax the muscles in the ureters to allow the stone to pass easily. For more severe cases, patients have the option to undergo extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL). ESWL uses sound waves to break the kidney stones into smaller pieces that can pass through the urinary tract with fewer symptoms. In some instances, patients will require percutaneous nephrolithotomy, a minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove the stone from the kidney or break it into smaller pieces. All of these procedures and services are available at Alabama Urogyn, and patients should talk to a specialist to see what the best treatment options are for their particular case.

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. Patients may experience temporary urinary incontinence from consuming an excess of alcohol or caffeinated, carbonated, or artificially sweetened beverages. Chocolate and spicy foods can lead to short-term incontinence as well. Additionally, some medications, including drugs for the heart/hypertension, sedatives, and muscle relaxants can also cause temporary incontinence. Risk factors including being overweight and smoking, but diabetes can also contribute.

After diagnosing a patient through urinalysis, we then develop a treatment plan specifically suited for the patient. Treatment options include Kegel exercises, medications such as anticholinergics or Myrbetriq, and InterStim (implanted electrical bladder stimulation for women). We also work with patients to determine behavioral changes that can prevent future urinary incontinence from occurring.

For more information on these conditions, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment with a physician, give us a call or request an appointment online.

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