Since 2016, November is designated National Bladder Health Month thanks to Bladder Health Alliance’s due diligence in securing this designation from the U.S. Congress.
Several organizations have joined the Alliance to promote bladder health awareness with downloadable informatics with surprising urological facts, posters, videos, social media messages, patient brochures etc. to raise awareness of bladder conditions and its influence on health, quality of life and rising healthcare costs which is appraised above $70 billion dollars per year.
Studies report bladder symptoms are underreported due to embarrassment, normalizing symptoms to growing older, having children, or being a woman so consequently go untreated even though simplistic lifestyle (diet, fluids, weight management) and behavioral modifications can cure or significantly minimize these life altering symptoms.
Inspiring and normalizing conversations between healthcare providers and their patients to discuss bladder conditions to get properly diagnosed, meaningful help and control of their bladder health is a foundational goal in Bladder Health Month. Education is the key and first step in addressing bladder health issues! The following are weekly themes and quick links to resources:
Week 1: Interstitial Cystitis, Neurogenic Bladder, Bladder Infections & UTIs
Week 2: Bladder Cancer
Week 3: Incontinence, Overactive Bladder (OAB) & Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)
Week 4: Bedwetting, Nocturia, Bladder Exstrophy & Other Bladder Conditions or Diseases
Bladder Health Awareness Month Info Center found at https://www.urologyhealth.org/media-center/bladder-health-month
Follow #BladdersMatter on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook during the month of November!