November is Bladder Health Month. While many of us may not think about our bladder, Bladder Health Month serves as a reminder that bladder health should be considered.
Some important bladder health facts include:
“Bladder function is more complicated than many people realize,” said L. Thomas O’Connor, MD, urologist with Palmetto Health-USC Urology and a clinical assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. “It requires the brain to talk to the bladder and the bladder to talk to the brain. There is a lot of coordination between the two.”
According to O’Connor, there are three bladder health issues that he sees the majority of his patients for:
“Sometimes people will also have painful urination. These things can be related to constipation or large amounts of caffeine intake,” said O’Connor. “We can address these issues with simple things.”
O’Connor suggests a few things to help limit bladder issues and promote good bladder health:
“There are also a series of medicines and procedures we can use to address those symptoms in patients who don’t respond to conservative therapy,” said O’Connor.
O’Connor recommends that if lifestyle changes do not greatly impact your bladder issues, consult your doctor for further examination. For more information or to make an appointment with a urologist, visit PHUSCMG.org/Urology or call 803-434-4790.