Over 35 million Americans suffer from bladder disorders. The term is used to cover a wide range of problems that can cause pain, urinary incontinence or symptoms that impact quality of life. Women are particularly susceptible to bladder disorders. Pearl Women's Center practitioners are highly experienced in the diagnosis of bladder disorders including incontinence, interstitial cystitis, bladder/urinary tract infections. Women visit us in Portland for all of their healthcare needs.
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Common Bladder Disorders
Our experienced practitioners can help you determine the cause of your pain or incontinence. Common bladder disorders include:
- Incontinence. Many women are embarrassed by this problem and choose to suffer in silence rather than seek help. Urinary incontinence is a very common problem and there are many effective treatment options. If you are experiencing problems with incontinence, we urge you to be proactive in seeking help. You can watch our video to learn more about incontinence.
- Stress Urinary Incontinence. This type of urinary incontinence occurs with downward pressure on the bladder, often causing a small leakage of urine with activity such as exercise, laughing, sneezing, or jumping. Many patients find themselves avoiding certain activity as a result of this problem. You can watch our video to learn more about incontinence.
- Interstitial Cystitis (IC). Also known as painful bladder syndrome, IC affects more than 4 to 12 million Americans. Women are 10 times more likely than men to suffer from IC. Symptoms include an urgent need to urinate, pressure, tenderness and moderate to intense pain in the lower abdominal, urethral or vaginal area. It is not contagious and therefore cannot be passed through sexual contact. While there is currently no cure, our practitioners can help you manage the symptoms through a variety of treatments that range from medication to physical therapy.
- Bladder/Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). Most bladder infections are caused by external bacteria traveling up the urethra. Because the female urethra is short, bacteria can easily enter the bladder. This partially explains why women are so much more likely to develop UTIs than men. Bladder infections, when diagnosed early, can be easily treated with medication.