Women have many treatment options for urinary incontinence

Female Urinary Incontinence: Lauren Masters, ARNPMy name is Lauren Masters with Advanced Urology Institute. When we’re looking at urinary incontinence, for example, most women are having some degree of incontinence; whether it be soaking through one (1) pad a day or wearing depends all day long.

Usually we can get someone at a minimum to a 50% improvement. It varies based on your history, your basic demographic and whatever else is going on in your body, but a lot of times we can get you to a good 50% and there are many women we can get to 80-90 [percent] and even a complete resolution of their issues.

Why Women Should See a Urologist

Urologists are doctors who specialize in the treatment of diseases and complications of the urinary system. They also treat conditions of the male reproductive system, a function which, in women, is performed by a gynecologist. Urologists treat more male conditions than female ones, and men therefore are advised to visit urologists more often than women. The result is that women suffer from conditions of the urinary system in silence or they try to self treat. In almost all cases, this approach makes the condition worse.

Reasons Why Women Avoid Urologists

The main reason women avoid urologists is that female urological conditions carry social stigma. A lot of women are afraid that if they reveal they have a serious urinary tract infection, it will say something about their personal hygiene. Conditions such as incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse are looked upon as shameful. This kind of social stigma prevents many women from going to urologists.

Lauren Masters, ARNPMost women also confuse a problem of the urinary system with a condition of the reproductive system. They visit gynecologists for most of their medical problems, even when they are of the urological system.

Women should be taught from a very early age to feel confident about seeking treatment for any part of their bodies. They also should be made aware that problems of the urinary system are extremely common and that treatment options are readily available from most urologists’ offices.

Common Problems of the Female Urinary System

There are several conditions that women suffer from and which should always be referred to a urologist. These include:

1. Urinary Tract Infections. These are more common in women than men. They have a tendency to recur and may be simple infections or serious ones related to another health problem. Urologists are well trained to treat these.

2. Urinary Incontinence. This is also referred to as urine leakage. It can get very complicated if left untreated.

3. Kidney stones. These are very painful and should be treated at the earliest stages.

4. Pelvic Organ Prolapse. This occurs when the bladder, the upper roof of the vagina or even the rectum droops into the vagina. It affects a lot of women but it is not widely discussed. It makes all aspects of a woman’s existence very uncomfortable. Urologists are uniquely qualified to treat it.

Women should understand that a urologist is as important to their health as a gynecologist. They also should know that urologists understand the need to make female patients comfortable. And women should know that female urological problems are treatable and that most urologists, such as the Advanced Urology Institute, have invested heavily in the treatment of these problems. Their team of specialists can answer your questions, help with diagnosis and treatment of problems with the urinary system. For more information, visit the Advanced Urology Institute website.

What is the role of a nurse practitioner?

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who have obtained, at the very least, a masters degree in nursing. Some go further to specialize in a particular area of nursing like oncology or urology. They occupy the professional gap between doctors and nurses, so their roles borrow a little from what doctors do and what registered nurses do. Their jobs have an element of the intense patient care that defines nursing but they also diagnose and treat chronic conditions and injuries, which is more of a doctor’s role.

Roles of a Nurse Practitioner

What a nurse practitioner can do is determined in most cases by state laws pertaining to the operation of nurse practitioners in that particular state. In some states, nurse practitioners can open and manage their own practice but in most, they cannot. The roles they perform, whether practicing independently or under a doctor, can be summarized:

Lauren Masters: Physician Assistant1. Counselling and Educating Patients

Patient care is at the core of a nurse practitioner’s job. They spend a good amount of time with their patients informing them of the nature of their illness and the treatments available. They keep the patient’s family informed and involved so when it comes to selecting a treatment option, everybody is on the same page. Beyond treatment, nurse practitioners also educate patients on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

2. Diagnosing Various Conditions and Illnesses

Nurse practitioners diagnose and treat acute and chronic illnesses. They are trained to conduct and interpret diagnostic tests. After diagnosis, nurse practitioners focus on disease management by teaching methods of prevention and promotion of overall health and well being. They are also authorized to prescribe medication.

3. Maintain Patient Records

Nurse practitioners are tasked with collecting and keeping proper patient records and studying family backgrounds to establish what impact, if any, a patient’s background has on the patient’s health. These records are very important when it comes to making a diagnosis and selecting a course of treatment. Records also point to what the nurse practitioner should anticipate in the progression of a patient’s condition.

Nurse practitioners play a very important role in achieving universal and affordable health care. They fill the gaps left by a shortage of doctors in the health care system. This makes the course a very marketable one. In fact, nurse practitioners form the bulk of primary care givers in the United States because they have specialized training in almost every area of nursing practice. For instance, the Advanced Urology Institute, which is a specialized urology practice, engages a good number of nurse practitioners. They can help with any questions and concerns you may have, assist with diagnosis, treatment and follow-up management of health plans. For more information, visit the Advanced Urology Institute website.