Urological problems affect many people. Approximately 25 million American adults experience loss of bladder control, nearly 15 million have urinary tract infections, and more than 6.5 million men meet the criteria to discuss treatment options for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). If you would like to learn more about common urological problems, here are some links to informative articles, educational quizzes, and instructive podcasts and animation.
Articles of Interest
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
BPH (also referred to as benign prostatic hypertrophy) is a condition in which the prostate gland becomes very enlarged and may cause problems associated with urination. BPH can raise PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels two to three times higher than the normal level. An increased PSA level does not indicate cancer, but the higher the PSA level, the higher the chance of having cancer.
A kidney stone is a solid piece of material that forms from crystallization of excreted substances in the urine. The stone may remain in the kidney or break loose and travel down the urinary tract. A small stone may pass all of the way out of the body, but a larger stone can get stuck in a ureter, the bladder, or the urethra. This may block the flow of urine and cause great pain.
There are usually no specific signs or symptoms of early prostate cancer. A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam (DRE) can provide the best chance of identifying prostate cancer in its earliest stages, but these tests can have drawbacks. Talk to your physician about whether prostate cancer screening is right for you.
Urinary incontinence (UI) is the loss of urine control, or the inability to hold your urine until you can reach a restroom. UI may be a temporary condition, resulting from an underlying medical condition. It can range from the discomfort of slight losses of urine to severe, frequent wetting.
Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections are a serious, but common, health problem that affects millions of people each year. With the reason remaining unclear, women are especially prone to urinary tract infections.
Kidney Health Quiz
Answer this one: How much blood do your kidneys filter daily?
Kidney Stones Quiz
Kidney stones are one of the most common problems of the urinary tract—and one of the most painful disorders, period. How much do you know about kidney stones?
Overactive Bladder Quiz
Overactive bladder is a major health problem that can have a seriously debilitating effect on nearly every part of daily living. It can cause isolation, depression, guilt, denial, fatigue from sleeplessness, work absenteeism, and problems with relationships.
This true/false quiz will help you build your knowledge of steps you can take to prevent prostate cancer.
Urinary Incontinence Quiz
Learning about incontinence can give you the courage and understanding needed to bring the subject up with your health care provider.
Urinary Tract Quiz
Your urinary tract includes the organs that collect and store urine and release it from your body. They are the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.
Urology Tests and Procedures
From 24-hour urine collection to uroflowmetry, learn about commonly performed tests and procedures that are done to diagnose and treat a wide range of urological problems.
BPH is a condition in which the prostate gland becomes enlarged and may cause problems associated with urination or pain. Take the worry out of these prostate symptoms. Learn about BPH, which can mimic symptoms of cancer.