Let’s Talk About Bladder Health

November 10, 2023

November is Bladder Health Awareness Month — are you struggling with urinary conditions? Bladder health can be an uncomfortable and frankly embarrassing subject for many, but the truth is these disorders are more common than you think, affecting millions of Americans. You’re not alone and there’s no need to be ashamed — learn more about some frequent ailments and some tips on how to improve your bladder health.

Common Bladder Conditions

Disorders of the bladder are wide-ranging in both symptoms and severity, ranging from discomfort to life-threatening. According to the American Urological Association, some common bladder conditions include the following:

Each of these disorders may share symptoms with one another, so consult with a physician if you experience any common warning signs. Symptoms may include:

Treating Bladder Conditions

Depending on the severity of the disorder and how it affects your everyday life, a visit to a urologist may be warranted. A urologist is a provider specializing in the treatment of the urinary tract of both men and women, including the bladder, kidneys, ureters, and urethra. A primary care provider may offer a urology referral, but this isn’t always necessary — in some cases, visiting a urologist can be the first option.

While some bladder conditions may be caused by factors beyond your control, the National Institutes of Health recommends some basic lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of developing a problem later in life. Some steps you can take include:

Local support is available — don’t be afraid to ask for help. Urologist Dr. Matthew Knudson sees patients at the Culbertson Specialty Clinic on the second, third, and fourth Thursday of each month. To schedule an appointment, call (217) 322-5271.