When was the last time you thought about your bladder health? Physicians of Argyle Family Practice, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave, in Argyle TX, can tell you more about the importance of caring for your bladder.
More About Health Bladder
A bladder is located in the lower abdomen and stores urine, which is wastes and extra fluid left over from what we eat and drink. The bladder is part of the urinary system and the tissue itself is elastic but may toughen and become less stretchy over time. Reduced elasticity means your bladder cannot hold as much urine, so you end up needing the bathroom more often.
What are the common bladder problems?
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common infections in the urinary system. Women usually contract UTIs, especially as they age. Types of UTIs include:
- Bladder infection: Bacteria enters the bladder, causing symptoms like a sudden urge to urinate.
- Kidney infection: Infections can spread to kidneys and result in permanent kidney damage if not treated soon.
- Urethra infection: The urethra can also be infected but this is less common.
- Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS): These are a group of symptoms caused by problems with the bladder, urethra, or pelvic floor muscles. Symptoms include trouble urinating, loss of bladder control, leaking urine, and frequent need to urinate.
- Bladder cancer: This occurs in the lining of the bladder.
What can you do to maintain a healthy bladder?
- Drink enough fluids, especially water
- Limit alcohol and caffeine
- Quit smoking
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise regularly
- Do pelvic floor muscle exercises
- Use the bathroom often, especially after sex
- Empty the bladder when urinating
- Be in a relaxed position while urinating and wipe from front to back
- Wear cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes
Need a consultation?
If you would like to learn more about maintaining your bladder health, call Argyle Family Practice, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave, in Argyle TX, at (940) 226-4850.