Diseases & Disorders
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) occurs when bacteria enter the urinary tract. It can affect the urethra, bladder or kidneys. Though UTI is more common in women, it can also occur in men.
Incontinence – a common disorder of the urinary system. It may be the result of a vaginal delivery and a resultant pelvic prolapse, causing leakage; an overactive bladder; or a matter of overflow, when the bladder is not completely emptied.
Interstitial Cystitis (IC) – “painful bladder syndrome” – is a chronic bladder condition, primarily in women, that causes pressure and pain in the bladder or even in the pelvis. It can scar the bladder and make it less elastic. Many people with this condition also have a defect in their epithelium (the protective lining of the bladder).
Prostatitis – a swelling of the prostate gland in men. Often caused by advanced age, symptoms include urinary urgency and frequency, pelvic pain, and pain during urination. (This condition is often confused with cancer.)
Kidney stones – clumps of calcium oxalate forming anywhere in the urinary tract, when chemicals in the urine become concentrated enough to form a solid mass, causing pain in the back and sides, and blood in the urine.