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Bladder Health

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Bladder Health

Your bladder is an organ that stores urine. Located behind the pelvic bone and just under the kidneys, this grapefruit-sized bag expands and contracts to hold and release urine. After the urine has been processed in the kidneys, it travels down tubes called ureters and into the bladder where it is stored.

A healthy human bladder can hold between 400 to 500 millilitres of urine before it reaches capacity. When you urinate, the urine leaves the bladder through the urethra, emptying your bladder.

Bladder Problems?

Bladder issues can affect men and women. The most common ones that Colin Teo Urology treats are:

Signs of Bladder Problems

Look out for the warning signs of bladder problems and consult your urologist. Symptoms include:

  • Inability to hold urine or leaking urine
  • Needing to urinate eight or more times in one day
  • Waking up many times at night to urinate
  • Sudden and urgent need to urinate
  • Pain or burning before, during, or after urinating
  • Cloudy or bloody urine, or foul-smelling urine
  • Passing only small amounts of urine after strong urges to urinate
  • Trouble starting or having a weak stream while urinating
  • Trouble emptying the bladder
  • Fever

If urinary tract infection (when bacteria get into the urine and travels up to your bladder) spreads to the kidney, symptoms may include chills, shaking, night sweats, pain in the side, back, or groin, flushed, warm, or reddened skin, nausea and vomiting, bad abdominal pain.

Keep Your Bladder Healthy

Follow these lifestyle tips to keep your bladder healthy year-round.

  • Avoid drinks with caffeine like soda, tea, and coffee, as well as alcohol.
  • Keep chocolate, acidic foods, and spicy foods out of your diet.
  • Drink six to eight glasses of water to keep your bladder functioning to the best of its ability.
  • When you go to the bathroom, make sure you empty your bladder completely. By holding urine for an extended period of time, you are more susceptible to a urinary tract infection.
  • Do exercises that strengthen your pelvic floor. Keeping those muscles strong will support a healthy bladder.

Discover the causes of your bladder problem symptoms and seek recommendations on suitable treatment options for your bladder condition with Colin Teo Urology. Contact us to book an appointment today.

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