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Bladder Health: Building Awareness and Speaking Up

Bladder Health Awareness Month

Axia Women’s Health joins the American Urological Association, the National Association for Continence, the Urology Care Foundation, and countless others in recognizing November as Bladder Health Awareness Month. An estimated 33 million+ Americans suffer from problematic bladder conditions.  Affecting women in their twenties and becoming increasingly more common with each decade of life, the very private nature of these bladder issues prevents the open dialogue needed to seek help. This notion of thinking about it but not acting on it is often called “bladder on the brain”—and is arguably the biggest challenge to bladder health that women face.

It is critical to overcome the social stigma associated with bladder function and take an honest look at common bladder health issues women encounter, as well as understand what the steps to improve bladder health look like. It is important to note that, while informing yourself is a necessary and key first step, learning more about your unique bladder health concerns with the guidance of a Urogynocologist can give you the answers you need to live comfortably and confidently.

Let’s help by identifying some of the conditions that our patients most frequently encounter.

What Are Common Bladder Issues & How Are They Addressed?

While some of these conditions are more serious than others, the sheer number of people who are affected by each of these is staggering. Your first, best step is to inform your doctor if you have even the slightest notion that something is not as it should be. Some of the most common conditions are:

Pelvic Floor Disorders

An area often associated with bladder health is the pelvic floor. Weakening of these muscles can lead to urinary leakage, accidental bowel leakage and pelvic organ prolapse. Axia’s own Dr. Donald DeBrakeleer recently shared an in-depth, two-part exploration of the facts, myths, causes, and treatments of two of the most common pelvic floor disorders in a series of webinars. If you weren’t able to join us, we invite you to click on the links below to watch these informative free sessions:

Part 1: Urinary Incontinence: Regaining Control Of Your Bladder & Lifestyle

Part 2: Overcoming Pelvic Organ Prolapse.


Seeking Help

Should you experience any of these conditions, or have any questions about your own bladder issues, we strongly encourage you to speak to your Axia OB/GYN or urogynecologist and take those crucial first steps toward the active, healthy lifestyle you may be missing.

It cannot be emphasized enough that bladder challenges are one of the more common health issues experienced by women of all ages in our country, and therefore, you should not feel embarrassed to seek help. Let this monthly remembrance of Bladder Health Awareness Month be the nudge you need to take control of your bladder and gynecological health!


Meet our board-certified urogynecologists, or speak with your Axia OB/GYN today to regain control of your bladder issues. 


Jose Maceda, MD    |     Donald DeBrakeleer, MS, DO, FACOG, FPMRS


Join us this Thursday at 6 PM for a webinar with Gina Cunningham, Director of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Program at Axia's Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Health to learn ways to improve and maintain your pelvic floor health.

Register today by clicking the link in our bio!

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