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    Cystocele

    The bulging or "dropping" of the bladder towards the vagina. Read more →

  • A microscopic view of prostate cancer cells (Photo courtesy of NCI - Online Otis Brawley)

    Cancer of the Prostate

    The prostate is a small gland in the pelvis that is found only in men. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, but the causes are largely unknown. Read more →

  • A microscopic image of the fungus candidia albicans, that can cause thrush

    Thrush

    A yeast infection caused by a fungus called Candida albicans which lives in and around the body. It can affect both men and women, causing itching, irritation, discharge, redness, soreness and swelling of the vagina, vulva and/or penis, but is not an STI. Read more →

  • Trichomoniasis

    A relatively common infection caused by a germ known as trichomonas vaginalis. It is usually spread through unprotected sexual intercourse. Read more →

  • Weak Pelvic Floor

    The pelvic floor a large sheet of muscles between your pubic bone and your tailbone. Read more →

  • Checking the results of a Cystitis Test

    Cystitis

    Iinflammation of the lining of the bladder as a result of infection, irritation or damage. Read more →

    Hello, I am a 25 year old male. Recently a sexual partner of mine told me she had some kind of infection which made it difficult for her to urinate without some discomfort. This came about shortly after we had oral sex for the first time. On my side, I have noticed an odd taste from the back of my mouth a couple of days after. It is very strong when I swallow. The taste I have is not a bad one as such, I just never had it before. Now though, about two weeks on I am (finally) beginning to wonder if the taste is connected with the oral sex experience. It was my first time to do it so I did not know what to expect so I can not comment on how it should taste. Am I likely to have caught something she had but didn't know about while my gallivanting downstairs, in essence, pushed it to give her the urinary discomfort? I will be getting myself checked out within the next week, I just thought I would ask here as I am curious to say the least. Thanks btw: To the site designers, I wanted to pose this question under the bad breath symptom but the site does not allow such a thing.





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    For many years i have had Urinary symptoms brought on by undiagnosed Bilharzia.Amongst other problems i was diagnosed with CPPS.The wierd thing is i have had for around the same time as the Urinary symptoms bad bilateral knee pain-this pain comes and goes and feels like some sort of Infection and X-rays and Mri's have shown up nothing.I have heard of,amongst other things of things like reactive Arthritis.Can you offer me any help or advice?





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    I also had Bilharzia, was diagnosed and treated soon after (in U.S.) Years later have found out from blood test I still have this infection. Having knee pain, joint pains and all sorts of health problems. UK GPs and even doctors at Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London do not want to know!! My advice for anyone who gets this horrible infection, go oversease to find help, because you won't get it in the UK. I was just insulted, said symptoms because I am fat, and accused of having dfelusions of parasites - and this from so-called hospital for tropical diseases. What is the point of them?

    HI I am a 32 year old women who has experienced problems with urinary retention following an laparoscopy. I have to catheterise 4x daily. I have experienced sleepless night and waking up with discomfort/ pain in my lower back, resulting in me having to catherterise again. A urodynamic test found no stimulation in my bladder. This has caused me stress and emotional distress. My consultant recently gave me botox injections with no success. I just want to now what is causing my problems and Fowlers Syndrome sounds possible.





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    Hi iam 36 my problem is the same i have to catheterise every 3hours i take antibiotics every day .It all started when i was kicked in my back in my work place by 14yr old boy.It gets you down iam sick of going to hospitcal and not getting any answers.

    I have a prolapse of the front vaginal wall. The effects are not distressing. I have some mild urinary incontinence caused by a weakened pelvic floor after having 4 kids. If I keep up the exercises then the leakage is minimised to when I have a full bladder and cough/jump on a trampoline. The prolapse does not cause me discomfort and sex is still good for me and my husband. I am overweight, almost obese and I know losing weight would be good for both the mild incontinence and prolapse. I would like to avoid surgery for as long as possible. It is not convenient at this time in my life nor are the symptoms that bad. Does anyone have any experience of using vaginal weights or vaginal electro exercisers and how effective they are? Are they approriate for some-one with vaginal prolapse? Where do I find a reputable supplier?





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    hi i have a bladder prolapse and have stated to use kegel8 electric impulse machine as i found doing pelvic floor exercises difficult. i have also started to do posture exercises from a vidio by katie bowman in america and have found these helpful it is still early days but i am hoping i will be able to manage with out an opperation i am not sure about sex as my partner left when he found out i had a prolapse.

    I experience discomfort and even pain whenever my boyfriend tries to penetrate me. It even hurts with a single finger and hurt when I got a swab done at the doctors. I have experienced a trauma in my life and think this could be a problem. Even if there is no discomfort, I feel nothing. Can you help?





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    Male, 51, diabetic T2,diagnosed 2 years ago, BPH, I am shortly having tests for urinary incotinence (started having accidents in October, now daily leakage) and chronic urinary retention >500ml. Have only just realised I may have a linked or unconnected problem with bowel incontinence, as over a similar period I have had 5 or 6 instances of barely making it to the loo or not(never previously a problem except with chronic diahorrea). I feel like there has been some reduction in the strength and time with which I can firmly clench my buttocks. Have also over a longer period often had numbness in left outer thigh and pain like sun burn over top arch of left foot. I feel nervous about bringing this up as I feel my current health issues are already likely to put obstacles in the way of future employment. Is it likely that they are connected?





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    Hi, I am sorry for your problems. I would definitely mention all those things to your doctor, its important they know everything as I do think they are connected. Bare with me please, this is a long reply but I think I should share my experience with you, even though in my case what happened is rare-please bare that in mind too when you read it! I'm a 30 year old women, not diabetic by the way so cant say if that is connected but the other symptoms you described are very similar to ones I experienced. In my case, I was born with Scoliosis (curve of the spine) and about 7 years ago the vertebrae from L4-S2 (lower part of the spine) started to collapse onto each other. This happened gradually over a number of years, (it went undiagnosed as I put my back pain, numbness in my legs and other problems down to the Scoliosis). The collapse of the vertebrae started crushing and damaging certain nerves to my lower limbs and bladder, during which time I experienced urinary incontinence, I was unable to completely empty my bladder, same as you with urine retention so I had accidents twice a day or more. I also started to develop bowel incontinence. I had numbness from my hips down on the outer thighs, down the outside of my legs and onto both feet on the sides and top of the feet which worsened gradually too and I had a lot of pain at times. I was eventually sent to an incontinence nurse who taught me to self catheterise every day so I could empty my bladder completely using single-use catheters and this stopped the accidents happening as often. She also referred me for a test of my bladder where they insert a tube to fill up the bladder with a liquid dye to see how much it can hold until you feel the sensation to pee, I didnt have any feeling to pee after almost 1 and a half litres of the liquid were put into my bladder (it should never hold that much!!) and was asked to have an MRI as he was worried the nerves were not communicating to the brain to tell me when I needed to go to the loo. All of these symptoms were not connected by any doctors I saw and I was waiting for an appointment for the MRI to come through when I collapsed with back pain and taken to hospital. Thats when they discovered through MRI and CT scans that the vertebrae had collapsed and almost killed the nerves to my bladder and I was at such a risk of losing the ability to walk and being in a wheelchair within 6 months because of the damage to the nerves to my lower legs and feet that I had surgery within a week to decompress my spine, release the trapped nerves and they pinned the vertebrae into place with rods. I still have problems and the nerves to my bladder haven't repaired themselves as they had hoped because the damage had gone on too long but I am walking fine and the pain is managed by injections and I still self catheterise about 4 times a day so all in all the surgery was the best thing to happen to me and saved me from being unable to walk again and stopped the other problems worsening. OK this is a long story and in my case very drastic, this kind of nerve damage is rare but the symptoms you described sound like nerve damage to me, definitely go see your doctor. I don't mean to scare you telling you all this but I think your symptoms are connected and you need to have your spine checked by a CT scan and the connecting nerves from your lower spine checked by an MRI. I am no doctor, I just know my symptoms and diagnosis of them very well, and know exactly what the surgeons found and how they tried to fix me!! I think self catheterising will be of great help to you with the incontinence if there is no other underlying cause. I hope this helps in some way and you get the treatment you need! By the way, I cope fine with work and as long as there is a loo I can catheterise!

    I am not a doctor but be sure you are looked at by a neurologist if possible because the combination of incontinence and sensory disturbance (eg numbness) are common experiences to people with M.S.

    I have urinary incontinence but all tests have come back normal, what can I do now?





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    H1I watched your vidio on urinary incontinence and if botox really works I would like to have this surgery done if its possible, could you please let me know many thanks .





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    I had a pretty big sebaceous cyst removed from my underarms through surgery yesterday and since the anesthetic wore off i have been in a lot of pain and stil am. painkillers are not helping at all. I can't move that arm properly and I haven't slept in over 24hrs because of this, i am so tired i don't know what to do. Is this normal? How long will it last? They said i will be experiencing discomfort but this isn't discomfort, this is really really painful! Please help. I really don't know what to do!





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    My boyfriend and I are nearly 17 and we have been together for nearly a year and have only every been sexually active with each other. For a while my boyfriend has been receiving discomfort and irritation on and around his penis and balls caused by an unknown source. He has a small bump (feels like a bite) in the under part of his penis near the base. He has been to the doctor more than once and and had blood tests but no one saw any problem, no STIs not anything. The doctor have him antibiotics which stopped the discomfort and itching for the period he was on them but when he stopped it all came back. This happens a lot and the discomfort usually lasts hours. He is over weight for his age and height and has little red dots all over the top of his arms and top of his back. I'm not sure if everything is linked or not but he is becoming depressed as no one can figure out what the problem is. Help??





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    If his Pubic area does itch, he might have an infection of Pthirus pubis , Also known as "Crabs" You can cure this by: Using special Lice Killing Shampoo Shaving off the Pubic Hair (Note: Shaving off Pubic hair might not work, as they also infect eyelashes.

    If his Pubic area does itch, he might have an infection of Pthirus pubis , Also known as "Crabs" You can cure this by: Using special Lice Killing Shampoo Shaving off the Pubic Hair (Note: Shaving off Pubic hair might not work, as they also infect eyelashes.

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    I put up with prostrate urinary problems for years. Frequent trips to bathroom standing waiting to go and nothing. I got over my fear and saw the urologist, had the turp surgery ( it was a snap) and now everything is normal. Don't fear and put up with the discomfort. SEE THE EXPERTS





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    Hi Tiffany, here is some info about urinary incontinence and how to manage it http://pelvichealthphysio.blogspot.ca/2013/08/stress-urinary-incontinence.html

    My mum's 86 and suffers form urinary incontinence. Is this prcedure also applicable for urinary incontinence?





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    Hi Baz, did your Doctor/Urologist do the PSA tests because they didn't even offer or mention them to me before they even suspected Prostatitis. All I had was the DRE test which I'm sure triggered off other symptoms as well. Now that I have confirmed Chronic Prostatitis I asked about the PSA test and all I got was they wouldn't be worth doing because they would be high due to my chronic prostatitis!!! My symptoms are still numerous and vary from time to time: urinary frequency, urinary urgency, pain in the pelvic area aggravated by long term sitting, pain or discomfort during or after ejaculation, discomfort with aching pain radiating from the rectum, feeling of golf ball size mass in the pelvis or rectum, discomfort/pain in penis, supra pubic pain, pain between scrotum and anus radiating to tailbone, lower back pain, groin pain, pain during urination (disuria), frequent urination at night (nocturia), reduced stream, incomplete emptying of the bladder, hesitancy, discomfort or relief after bowel movement, clear discharge from the penis during difficult bowel movements. Secondary to the persisting symptoms, anxiety, depression, loss of self-esteem, loss of sex drive and social withdrawal can develop. Had antibiotics: Ciprofloxacin, Doxycycline and put on Flomaxtra. All didn't seem to work and made me feel worse; being light headed,nauseous and even blacking out on the odd occasion. No bacteria or blood has been found in the urine test. Just on pain killers and taking Saw Palmetto at the moment. I've had CP/CPPS (chronic prostatits, chronic pelvis pain syndrome) for 10 months now and my urologist mentioned he wants to do a Cystoscopy and prostate drainage for further investigations. Having to go part time at work due to symptoms, Damn this PROSTATITIS!

    Sorry but you have a urinary infection most likely. Its normal in women so dont panic. Drink plenty of w.ater and cranberry juice or pineapple(thats what doctor oz says). You should also look into. taking AZO Pill which u can find in any grocery store. But importantly go take a urinalysis to see if it is a urinary infection. Hope you feel better

    hi my name is suzy, not so long ago i contracted Ecoli in my urinary tracked, it was very painfull and i was losing blood clots it scared me because i have had a hysterectomy so it wasnt to do with periods. i was given a course of very strong anti biotics which cleared it up, my point is how did it happen how does a person get Ecoli in the urinary tracted?





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    Don't know if anyone can help I've been back to my gp about five times now with vaginal thrush they thought I had bacterial vaginosis which they treated with antibiotics, then I had an urinary tract infection which also got treated with antibiotics ! I take the thrush treatment it seems to calm it down but it never fully goes ... Does taking the pill have anything to do with it ! I am so desperate as I'm in such discomfort and can't seem to get rid of it and then it flares back up again





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    I posted a message earlier today and would just like to give advice on getting more information on the sacral nerve stimulator. After several bouts of urinary retention I was referred to a urologist who specialises in women's urinary problems and was put in touch with a consultant urologist who told me about the stimulator and the urologist would be able to let you know if you are suitable for this implant.





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    I am a 64 year old male and have been using an intermittent catheter four to five times a day since I was 60. I have an atonic badder caused by pinching off the need to urinate since I was a teenager when ever I didn't want to take the time "to go" as it caused me no discomfort to do so. I use both prelubed catheters and reuseables when I have suitable bathroom facilities. I have had many urinary tract infections and have had bladder stones removed. When I first began self catheterization, I felt like a freak,but have come to be thankful that these medical devices are available and am comfortable with the whole process now.





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    Blood in the urine is a common problem. The medical term for red blood cells in the urine is hematuria. Sometimes blood in the urine is a sign of a serious problem in the urinary tract, while other times it is not serious and requires no treatment. Only after a thorough evaluation by a healthcare provider should blood in the urine be attributed to a non-serious cause. Hematuria has many different causes. Blood in the urine can come from any condition that results in infection, inflammation, or injury to the urinary system. Typically, microscopic hematuria indicates damage to the upper urinary tract (kidneys), while visible blood indicates damage to the lower tract (ureters, bladder, or urethra). But this is not always the case. The most common causes in people younger than 40 years of age are kidney stones or urinary tract infections. These may also cause hematuria in older people, but cancers of the kidney, bladder, and prostate become a more common concern in people older than 40 years of age. Several conditions causing hematuria may exist at the same time. Some causes of hematuria are serious, others are not. Your healthcare provider will perform tests to help tell the difference. If you have visible blood in your urine, do not attempt to treat yourself with home remedies. See a medical professional without delay. If you have a urinary tract infection, you will take antibiotics for 3-14 days, depending on what part of the urinary tract is infected. If you have kidney stones, be sure to drink plenty of liquids to help pass the stones and prevent other stones from forming. You may need to take pain relievers. Hope this helps you.

    It could be a yeast infection. Also i am 13 weeks pregnant an recently had an infection caused by the change in vaginal discharge, hormonal changes an urinary flow so its very common to get urinary tract infections an/or yeast infections while pregnant, so you never know have yourself checked out for both.

    with the confidence side of things, don't worry at all! the myth that women prefer well endowed guys is barely true, and infact it can cause discomfort in women during sex including really needing to pee. discomfort in sex can also completely stop a woman from orgasming, so its actually rather unlucky being really large being well endowed can also lead to things like friction burns, rips and even sore clitorises, as well as ailments such as urinary tract infections etc. which are really very painful. i know one girl who has to urinate before and after sex simply becuase of this, and ruins the moment quite a lot. a guy only needs to be 3 inches when erect to pleasure a woman, and infact, while any men think a G-spot or vaginal orgasm is graved by women, most prefer clitoral orgasm, also achieved during sex, but being well endowed doesnt give you an advantage at all and may even make it harder. dont worry, size really doesnt matter, us girls really dont mind when it comes to variation. :):)

    Hi. I had 4 big babies delivered quickly and naturally. I am only 38 and did my pelvic floor exercises. I went to the Gp twice because i knew something wasn't right and saw different doctors. I wasn't emptying my bladder fully the first go and had discomfort during or after sex. The third time of going to a Gp I saw a nurse and she agreed I needed a referral to a consultant. Initially I was referred to urology where they confirmed everything ok. I was thankfully referred to a gynae who diagnosed quite an advanced prolapse. I am due my anterior repair op next month. I am glad that I listened to my gut and didn't stop at what the first two Gp's tried to tell me- STD (despite having all tests come out negative!) or a urinary tract infection! Press on in if you feel unhappy.

    A UTI (urinary tract infection) isn't like an STD, just because you have had one doesn't mean your partner will get one too. Also your urinary tract is separate from your female reproductive system, it shouldn't cause problems with trying to get pregnant. A great way to prevent UTI's is to make sure you and your partners hands and toys are clean before having sex, try to relieve your bladder before and after sex, take a cranberry supplement and/or drink plain cranberry juice regularly to help prevent future problems, also relieving your bladder soon after feeling the urge to go (do NOT hold it in).

    I had a prolapse 6years ago. I had the the front end of the womb and the back end of the bowl done. I suffered with a lot of discomfort after having this down so the following year i had the back end of the womb tighten up. 6years down the line I'm still having problems with down below. If i go for a pooh and strain it becomes very uncomfortable and as the day goes on it becomes uncomfortable to walk. I usually have to have a warm bath then lie with me feet up on the settee to ease the discomfort. it can also be trigger of if i wee to often. Ive had the camera in the bladder to make sure no damage was done after the first op. Now they say ive a slight prolapse but doesn't need a operation for that one. 6years down the line and I'm in discomfort all the time fed up with it.wish i never had the first op done as i never had the discomfort like i have got now.





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    Hi Emmy, If you are uncomfortable, it's always a good idea to check it out with a doctor. Also, at the pharmacy you can buy a kit to check your urine for infection, so you can be sure you're not going to the doctor for no reason. In the mean time, make sure you drink 8 cups of water or more per day to help your body flush things out. I've also heard many great things about cranberry juice for urinary problems. In terms of the stomach bug, you could have spread some germs from your bowels to your urinary tract and vagina while using the toilet. All the more reason to check it with a doctor! The green color is a warning sign of infection, so when in doubt, check it out!

    Someone above said "getting the op will take years on the NHS". Not true in my case. Saw GP in September, saw consultant in October, had op just over 4 days ago. About 12 weeks from first going to GP. Slight discomfort during day still. Got nocturnal erection second night after surgery which is reassuring but a bit painful. Reckon by the time I've been home a week I'll be pain and discomfort free. As an indication of the pain level, I've had paracetamol three times since the day of the op, so the pain and discomfort can't be too bad if I don't take anything for it. Usually I'm a wimp where pain is concerned.





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    I think I have a prolapsed rectum! Dose this cause discomfort while having sex?? As am having lots of discomfort and it's making me want to avoid having sex should I go to the hospital? I need to be fixed please help!!!!!!!





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    girls i have a labia that hangs down as well, and i was really worried that id be commented about when i had sex but that isn't the case my boyfriend likes it. know ones perfect if it isn't causing you discomfort don't get rid of it. because you may get it neatened up but when you have children you could have the same problem again. having your vulva made smaller is a painful procedure and isn't even worth the discomfort unless your labia's causing you discomfort in the first place, all the best girls and remember your perfect the way you are.





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    i am 23 and keep getting discomfort in my vagina had urine samples taken they were clear but i am always aware of the discomfort really gets me down it sometimes looks swollen and get discharge which is white and does not smell what could it be





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