For women everywhere, each stage of life brings new challenges and joys. Those who are in their twenties experience the excitement and stress of a growing career—and perhaps a growing family. In your thirties and forties, you become a master at juggling relationships, children, work, and financial pressures. At fifty, you’re about to embark on the journey through menopause (if you haven’t already). You may be struggling to care for an ailing parent, or wondering how you’ll finance ongoing education for your children.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Take care of yourself, and you’ll be able to handle the pressures, the peaks, and the lessons learned at each life stage with grace and strength. This week marks the beginning of National Women’s Health Week, an initiative that urges women to make their health a priority at every age. At Greater Boston Urology, our physicians treat many health concerns that women face, ones that are quite often left untreated due to their sensitive nature.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse: According to an article in the US National Library of Medicine, over 200,000 women in the United States receive surgical procedures annually due to pelvic organ prolapse. Symptoms to look for include a feeling of fullness in the pelvic region, uncomfortable sex, and difficulty urinating. There are many options available to treat this condition, including non-surgical considerations. For an in-depth overview of prolapse, read “A Woman’s Guide to Prolapse.”
Incontinence: According to the Urology Care Foundation, one-fourth to one-third of Americans suffers from urinary incontinence. It becomes more common with age, and women are twice as likely as men to suffer from incontinence. Symptoms include the involuntary leaking of urine and a frequent or abrupt need to urinate. Simple strengthening exercises or medicine may be enough to curb incontinence, while surgical options are available for more severe cases. For more information, read “Treatment Options for Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).”
Urinary Tract Conditions: As we age, our kidneys may begin to function differently, decreasing how efficiently they remove waste from the body. The National Kidney Foundation reports that 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, and many are unaware of their diagnosis. Illnesses like urinary tract infections (UTI), when left untreated, can spread to the kidneys and cause an infection. Pay attention to UTI symptoms, including an intense urge to urinate and burning sensations. To learn more, read “Two Cheers for Kidney Health.”
If the gap between your healthcare visits is beginning to look like the Grand Canyon, consider scheduling an appointment. Your health is a gift, and not just one that benefits you. After all, you are valued by many; as a daughter, mother, sister, wife, aunt, cousin, friend, and colleague.
GBU’s team of renowned urologists are committed to treating women’s health considerations, including but not limited to urological cancer, urinary tract conditions, ureteral disease, urethral stricture disease, incontinence, kidney stones and related stone diseases, voiding dysfunction, DMSO interstitial cystitis, bedwetting, peripheral tibial nerve stimulation, and prolapse. Visit GBU today, and experience the world-class patient care you deserve.