Bladder Stones: Causes and Symptoms

Bladder Stones: Causes and Symptoms  Bladder stones are hard masses of mineral that has developed from concentrated urine inside your bladder, and it is often caused by the inability of the bladder to void urine completely. Other causes of bladder stones include UTI, foreign objects in the bladder, and dislodged kidney stones turning into bladder […]

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Exercise for adults and children with Spina Bifida

Exercise for adults and children with Spina Bifida Exercise is important for people with Spina Bifida because it increases their ability to live an independent, high-quality life. In general, exercise strengthens muscles and bones, helps maintain a healthy mood and weight, and reduces the risk of heart diseases, diabetes, hypertension, and certain cancers.  According to […]

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Urinary Retention in Men

Urinary Retention in Men Statistics show that 0.45% to 0.68% of men age 40 to 83 get urinary retention. The incidents of urinary retention in men also increases with age. 10% of men get urinary retention in their 70s and 30% of men in their 80s.  One common cause of urinary retention in men is […]

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What Causes Urinary Retention in Women?

What Causes Urinary Retention in Women? Urinary retention is the inability of the bladder to empty completely, or in severe cases, to empty at all. Urinary retention in women can be caused by a variety of underlying conditions. There can be a physical blockage in the lower urinary tract, which prevents the urine from draining. […]

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Urethral Stricture: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments

Urethral Stricture: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments This article will go over the causes, symptoms, and treatments of urethral stricture.  Urethral stricture is the narrowing of the urethra. It can be caused by the build-up of scar tissues post urethral trauma. The scar tissue obstructs the pathway through which urine exits the body, which can lead to urinary […]

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Intermittent Catheter Pain: Causes and Preventions

Intermittent Catheter Pain: Causes and Preventions Intermittent catheters, while life-saving, can cause pain, irritation, and discomfort for the user. This article goes over the two most common types of pain associated with catheter usage— urethral pain and bladder spasms—as well as what caused them and how to prevent them.  Urethral pain  The urethra refers to […]

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Indiana Pouch: Surgery, Complications and Catheterization

Indiana Pouch: Surgery, Complications, and Catheterization What is an Indiana Pouch? An Indiana pouch is a continent catheterizable urine pouch constructed during a urinary diversion surgery. It is made from the person’s own intestines to substitute some but not all functions of the bladder.  When a bladder malfunctions due to cancer, bladder exstrophy, chronic inflammation, […]

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Sex with UTI: Yes or No?

Sex with UTI: Yes or No? Can you have sex with a UTI? The short answer? No. The long answer? Yes and no, depending on how much risk you are willing to take. Are you willing to risk getting a second UTI while you’re still combatting the first one? Or are you willing to risk […]

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Catheter Complications

Intermittent Catheterization Complications| Causes, Prevention and Treatments

Intermittent Catheterization Complications| Causes, Prevention and Treatments Clean intermittent catheterization is a necessary medical practice that at least 300,800 people go through in the United States. While intermittent catheterization helps people manage a variety of conditions, it also comes with a set of potential complications. This article helps you learn more about common catheter-associated complications—what […]

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Postpartum Bladder Urinary Retention: Pregnancy’s Effects on Bladder

Postpartum Bladder Urinary Retention: Pregnancy’s Effects on Bladder Although pregnancy can be a magical experience, it can also cause stress on your bladder, sometimes leaving long-lasting effects. This article helps you learn more about the causes, symptoms, risk factors, and treatments for postpartum urinary retention. What happens to your bladder during pregnancy and childbirth? Starting […]

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How Do Strokes Affect Your Bladder: Urinary Retention, Frequency, and Incontinence

How do strokes affect your bladder: urinary retention, frequency, and incontinence In the United States, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds. Survivors of stroke often need to navigate the long-term effects stroke has left on their bodies, one of them being bladder dysfunction. This article explains how stroke causes bladder dysfunctions, the types of bladder […]

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Urethral Sphincter Nerve and Muscle Damage: What You Should Know

Urethral Sphincter Nerve and Muscle Damage: What You Should Know What is the urethral sphincter? The urethral sphincter plays a significant role in releasing urine. Its function is inhibited when nerve and muscle damage occurs, leading to urinary retention or incontinence. The urethral sphincter is a series of muscles that surround the urethra and controls the release […]

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Multiple Sclerosis

Bladder Management with Multiple Sclerosis

What is Multiple Sclerosis? Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory, immune-mediated disease that attacks nerves coated with myelin in the brain. Myelin acts much like the rubber coating of electrical wires to keep the electrical signals from escaping and moving forward. Destroying the myelin and the nerve producing varying degrees of physical disability and psychological […]

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Spinal Cord Injuries and Neurogenic Bladders

Spinal Cord Injuries and Neurogenic Bladders Although spinal cord injuries don’t cause damage to the structure of the bladder, they disrupt communication between the brain and the bladder, leading to the development of neurogenic bladder. Neurogenic bladder is caused by nerve damage, which leads to urinary retention, overflow incontinence, frequency, urgency, and incontinence. Urinary retention […]

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Be Informed About Bladder Exstrophy

What is Bladder Exstrophy? Bladder Exstrophy, or BE for short, is a rare birth abnormality in which the bladder and its surrounding parts form outside of the body, flat, and inside-out. As the BE Association put it, “If you can imagine a balloon that has been cut in two, opened up so that the inside […]

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What is Neurogenic Bladder?

What is Neurogenic Bladder? Neurogenic bladder is a condition in which the nerves and muscles of the urinary system don’t function properly together. It’s most often associated with the brain, spinal cord, or nerve dysfunction or damage, and usually results in a loss of control over your ability to urinate. How a Healthy Bladder Works […]

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