About the Urinary Tract

Your Urinary Tract

The urinary tract helps your body get rid of liquid waste (urine). The two kidneys collect unneeded chemicals and water, making urine. The urine then travels through long tubes called ureters to the bladder. The bladder stores urine until you're ready to release it. The urethra is the canal that carries urine from the bladder out of the body.

The Lower Urinary Tract

Your urinary tract helps to get rid of urine (your body's liquid waste). the lower part of th urinary tract includes the bladder which stores urine until you're ready to release it) and the urethra (the canal that carries urine from the bladder out of the body). Signals from the brain tell the sphincter (muscles around the opening of the bladder) when to relax and the bladder when to contract to let urine flow out of the body. A problem with the nerves or muscles in the urinary tract or a blockage along the urinary tract may cause problems with storing urine or emptying your bladder.

Loss of bladder control is a common problem shared by millions of Americans. Incontinence can rob you of sleep and leave you exhausted. It can make travel awkward and keep you from enjoying physical activity. Despite these frustrations, fewer than half of the people with incontinence seek help. Many people feel too embarrassed and others don't realize that help is available.

Treatment options for incontinence can include medication, life style and diet changes, exercises, electrical stimulation, and surgery. Premier Primary Care and Gynecology will work with you to help decide what treatments would work best for your individual needs.

Dr. Mary Mahern, MD
Dr. Clark Brittain, DO

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