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Urinary System

Learn about your urinary system health

Many people will have some kind of urinary problem or injury in their lifetime. Urinary problems can range from minor to serious. And sometimes these problems can start with the same symptoms. For example, pain during urination can be a symptom of both kidney stones and urinary tract infections. So it can be hard to tell which one is causing the problem.

But you can be prepared. Some common urinary problems may need only home treatment. But other more serious problems may need a doctor's care. Knowing the symptoms of urinary problems and your treatment options can help you take the best care of yourself. Our topics can help you learn more about your symptoms and care options.

Browse these topics to start learning more about your urinary system health:

  • Urine Test
  • Urinary Tract Infections in Teens and Adults
  • Urinary Tract Infections in Children
  • Stress Incontinence: Should I Have Surgery?
  • Kidney Stones: Preventing Kidney Stones Through Diet
Health Topics
  • Abdominal Pain, Age 11 and Younger
  • Abdominal Pain, Age 12 and Older
  • Absorbent Products for Urinary Incontinence
  • Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer
  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Acute Kidney Injury Versus Chronic Kidney Disease
  • American Urological Association Symptom Index
  • Anemia of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Artificial Sphincter for Urinary Incontinence in Men
  • Basic Metabolic Panel
  • Bed-Wetting in Children
  • Behavioral Methods for Urinary Incontinence
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bladder Pain Syndrome (Interstitial Cystitis)
  • Care for an Indwelling Urinary Catheter
  • Caregiving: Adult Underwear for Incontinence
  • Caregiving: Using a Bedpan or Urinal
  • Caregiving: Using a Bedside Commode (Toilet)
  • Catheters for Urinary Incontinence in Men
  • Central Vascular Access Device (CVAD)
  • Central Vascular Access Device (CVAD): Changing the Dressing
  • Central Vascular Access Device (CVAD): Flushing
  • Chlamydia
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease: Medicines to Be Careful With
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Circumcision
  • Complicated Urinary Tract Infections
  • Complications of Enlarged Prostate
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
  • Cranberry Juice and Urinary Tract Infections
  • Cryosurgery for Prostate Cancer
  • Cystectomy
  • Daytime Accidental Wetting (Diurnal Enuresis)
  • Dementia: Bladder and Bowel Problems
  • Diabetic Kidney Disease
  • Dialysis: Measuring How Well It Works
  • Diuretics and Potassium Supplements
  • Donating a Kidney
  • Drinking Enough Water
  • Electrical Stimulation for Urinary Incontinence
  • Electrolyte Panel
  • End-Stage Renal Disease
  • Enlarged Prostate: Bathroom Tips
  • Enlarged Prostate: Herbal Therapy
  • Foods High in Oxalate
  • Functional Incontinence
  • Genital Injuries: Urinary Problems
  • Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR)
  • Gonorrhea
  • Groin Pain
  • Hemodialysis
  • Home Test for Protein in Urine
  • Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer (Androgen Deprivation Therapy, or ADT)
  • Hypospadias
  • Interactive Tool: How Bad Are Your Urinary Symptoms From Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)?
  • Interactive Tools
  • Intermittent Catheterization for Men
  • Intermittent Catheterization for Women
  • Kegel Exercises
  • Kidney (Renal Cell) Cancer
  • Kidney Stones
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Living With More Than One Health Problem
  • Male Genital Problems and Injuries
  • Medicines and Urinary Symptoms
  • Medicines That Can Cause Acute Kidney Injury
  • Moisture Alarms for Bed-Wetting
  • Motivational Therapy for Bed-Wetting
  • Multiple Sclerosis: Bladder Problems
  • Nephrectomy
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Open Surgery for Kidney Stones
  • Orchiectomy for Prostate Cancer
  • Organ Transplant
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Overflow Incontinence
  • Pain Management
  • Pain Management Clinic
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy or Nephrolithotripsy
  • Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer Screening
  • Prostate Cancer, Advanced or Metastatic
  • Prostatitis
  • Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer
  • Radical Prostatectomy
  • Recurrent Abdominal Pain (RAP)
  • Renal Artery Stenosis
  • Repair of Bladder Prolapse (Cystocele) or Urethra Prolapse (Urethrocele)
  • Retropubic Suspension Surgery
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Rye Grass Pollen Extract
  • Saw Palmetto
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections: How a Male Genital Exam Is Done
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections: Symptoms in Women
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections: Treatment
  • Shock Wave Lithotripsy
  • Simple Prostatectomy for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
  • Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Stress Incontinence in Men
  • Stroke: Bladder and Bowel Problems
  • Suprapubic Catheter Care
  • Surgery for Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Syphilis
  • Tension-Free Vaginal Tape for Stress Incontinence in Women
  • Total Incontinence
  • Transurethral Incision of the Prostate (TUIP) for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
  • Transurethral Microwave Therapy (TUMT) for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
  • Transurethral Prostatectomy for Prostatitis
  • Transurethral Resection of the Bladder
  • Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Types of Kidney Stones
  • Uremia
  • Ureteroscopy
  • Urethral Bulking for Urinary Incontinence
  • Urethral Sling Surgery
  • Urge Incontinence in Men
  • Urinary Incontinence in Men
  • Urinary Incontinence in Women
  • Urinary Incontinence: Keeping a Daily Record
  • Urinary Obstruction in Children
  • Urinary Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger
  • Urinary Problems and Injuries, Age 12 and Older
  • Urinary Problems and Prostate Cancer
  • Urinary Problems During Pregnancy
  • Urinary Symptoms After an Injury in Children
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) in Older Adults
  • Urinary Tract Infections in Children
  • Urinary Tract Infections in Teens and Adults
  • Urostomy Care
  • Vascular Access Failure
  • Vesicoureteral Reflux (VUR)
  • Voiding Log (Bladder Record)
Medical Tests
  • Abdominal Ultrasound
  • Abdominal X-Ray
  • Albumin Urine Test
  • Angiogram
  • Bladder Stress Test in Women
  • Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) Test
  • Body Fluids Tests
  • Calcium (Ca) in Urine Test
  • Chlamydia Tests
  • Chloride (Cl) Test
  • Computed Tomography (CT) Scan of the Body
  • Creatinine and Creatinine Clearance
  • Cystometry
  • Cystoscopy
  • Gonorrhea Test
  • Home Test for Urinary Tract Infections
  • Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)
  • Kidney Biopsy
  • Kidney Scan
  • Kidney Stone Analysis
  • Laparoscopy
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Abdomen
  • Pelvic Exam
  • Pelvic Ultrasound
  • Phosphate in Blood Test
  • Phosphate in Urine Test
  • Post-Void Residual Urine Test
  • Potassium (K) in Blood Test
  • Potassium (K) in Urine Test
  • Prostate Biopsy
  • Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test
  • Retrograde Pyelogram for Kidney Stones
  • Sodium (Na) in Blood Test
  • Sodium (Na) in Urine Test
  • Syphilis Tests
  • Total Serum Protein Test
  • Uric Acid in Blood Test
  • Uric Acid in Urine Test
  • Urine Culture
  • Urine Test
  • Urodynamic Tests
  • Uroflowmetry Test
  • Voiding Cystourethrogram
Make a Wise Decision
  • Kidney Failure: Should I Start Dialysis?
  • Prostate Cancer: Should I Choose Active Surveillance?
  • Advance Care Planning: Should I Stop Kidney Dialysis?
  • Circumcision: Should I Keep My Son's Penis Natural?
  • Enlarged Prostate: Should I Have Surgery?
  • Enlarged Prostate: Should I Take Medicine?
  • Kidney Failure: What Type of Dialysis Should I Have?
  • Kidney Failure: When Should I Start Dialysis?
  • Kidney Stones: Should I Have Lithotripsy to Break Up the Stone?
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Should I Have Surgery?
  • Prostate Cancer Screening: Should I Have a PSA Test?
  • Prostate Cancer: Should I Have Radiation or Surgery for Localized Prostate Cancer?
  • Stress Incontinence in Women: Should I Have Surgery?
Take Action
  • Kidney Disease: Changing Your Diet
  • Kidney Stones: Preventing Kidney Stones Through Diet

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