Urologic conditions affect both men & women, but women may experience disorders differently. Some urologic conditions, such as Urinary incontinence & urinary tract Infections are more common in women, because the urinary tract is much closer to their genital area than in men. As such, pregnancy, childbirth & sexual intercourse can also play a part in urologic conditions affecting women.
The most common issues women experience that are related to the general urinary tract are infections, incontinence and fistulas.
UTIs are caused by bacterial infections in the urinary tract causing painful or frequent urination, blood in the urine, cramps or nausea. One woman in five develops a UTI during her lifetime and women are 10 times more likely to have a UTI than men.
What is RECURRENT UTI? Recurrences of uncomplicated and or complicated UTIs, with a frequency of at least three UTIs/year or two UTIs in the last six months.
Uncomplicated UTIs An uncomplicated UTI is one that occurs in a healthy host in the absence of structural or functional abnormalities of the urinary tract. Recurrent uncomplicated UTI may be defined as 3 or more uncomplicated UTIs in 12 months.
Overactive bladder, also called OAB, causes a frequent and sudden urge to urinate that may be difficult to control. You may feel like you need to pass urine many times during the day and night, and may also experience involuntary loss of urine (urgency incontinence).
Feel a sudden urge to urinate that's difficult to control
Urinate frequently, usually eight or more times in 24 hours
Wake up more than two times in the night to urinate (nocturia)