Your bladder is a vital organ that allows the body to store and release urine. Experiencing bladder pain can range from mildly irritating to extremely painful. If you have lower abdominal pain or notice an increased need to urinate for more than six weeks, you may want to speak to your doctor about the possibility of bladder pain syndrome.
The Women’s Health Group is here to help you with all your bladder health needs. Our providers are kind, compassionate and willing to explain every step of your care.
How Is Bladder Pain Syndrome Different From a Bladder Infection?
Bladder pain syndrome is often confused with a urinary tract infection (UTI), an infection of the bladder. While a UTI and bladder pain syndrome have the same symptoms, such as bladder pain and increased bathroom usage, the causes of these conditions are very different.
A UTI results from bacteria entering the bladder, and you can treat it with antibiotics. Most cases of UTIs occur when a strain of bacteria known as E. coli enters the bladder. Other causes of UTIs include sexual intercourse or having a new sexual partner. Some forms of birth control, such as a diaphragm and spermicide, cause an increased risk for UTIs, leading to bladder pain.
Many different factors may lead to bladder pain syndrome. Those with a previous history of bladder infections or irritable bowel syndrome may be at a higher risk for bladder pain syndrome.
How Is Bladder Pain Syndrome Diagnosed?
If you experience chronic bladder pain, your doctor may run a series of tests to rule out other health problems such as a UTI or a kidney stone. Some tests your doctor may perform include:
- Urine Test: Your doctor can analyze urine samples to rule out issues such as a UTI or sexually transmitted infection (STI).
- Cystoscopy: During this test, your doctor will insert a thin tube with a tiny camera attached called a cystoscope into the urethra and bladder to allow your doctor to rule out other possible issues.
- Biopsy: A biopsy involves removing a tissue sample from your bladder or urethra during a cystoscopy.
Contact The Women’s Health Group Today
If you are experiencing bladder pain and would like to speak to one of our licensed professionals, we encourage you to contact The Women’s Health Group at your nearest location to start improving your bladder health today.