November- The Urinary System for Bladder Health Month

“November is Bladder Health Month! While many of us are not always thinking about our bladder health, this month serves as a  reminder to get the facts about common bladder health problems and to take an active role in taking care of our health.

Two common health problems affecting the bladder are urinary incontinence and overactive bladder (OAB).

Urinary incontinence touches more than 25 million people in the U.S. The severity of urinary incontinence ranges from leaking urine when you cough or sneeze to having that strong “gotta go” urge or feeling. For most, simple lifestyle changes or health care treatments can ease your symptoms or stop urinary incontinence.

Our bladder serves two roles – 1)store urine and 2)empty urine. With OAB, these functions are not as effective and can cause strong, sudden urges to go to the bathroom and, for some patients, result in urinary incontinence or leakage. OAB isn’t a disease – it’s the name given to a group of troubling urinary symptoms. With more than 33 million adults in the U.S. with OAB symptoms, it’s very common.”

-Urology Care Foundation

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