Women’s Urological Health

Published: May 25, 2021

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May is Women’s Health Month and the Urology Care Foundation, the world’s leading nonprofit urological health foundation, is working to raise awareness of urological conditions that mostly affect women, such as overactive bladder, urinary tract infections, and interstitial cystitis.(1) In addition, the American Cancer Society reports that each year in the U.S., 19,400 women are diagnosed with bladder cancer.(2) The foundation is encouraging women to participate in a “Get Up and Go” challenge. The idea is to help women listen better to their bodies.(1)

Here are the suggestions:

Get up and Go to the Bathroom – Holding urine for too long can weaken bladder muscles over time, the foundation states. “This can lead to problems like incontinence and not being able to fully empty your bladder. Try to urinate every 3-4 hours during the day.”

Get up and Go Hydrate – Adults should drink six eight-ounce glasses of water per day. Becoming dehydrated can lead to concentrated urine, which can irritate the bladder.

Get up and Go for a Walk – Physical activity can help a person maintain a healthy weight and also prevent bladder problems.

Get up and Go Relax – The foundation states that some research shows that mindful meditation can reduce the frequency of overactive bladder episodes. (1)

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(1) Urology Care Foundation, UCF Encourages Women to Get up and Go during Women’s Health Month, https://www.urologyhealth.org/media-center/
(2) American Cancer Society, Key Statistics for Bladder Cancer, https://www.cancer.org/