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Ask the Urologist: Dr. Kelly Casperson
Written by Dr. Kelly Casperson   

Q: What is female urology?

A: Female urology specifically deals with bladder control problems and prolapse, pelvic pain, and bladder infections. Women have other urology concerns too, such as kidney stones.

Q: Is incontinence is a normal part of aging?

A: Incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine for any reason and there are two main kinds. Stress incontinence is the loss of urine with an increase in abdominal pressure, like sneezing, coughing or laughing. Urge incontinence is a sudden strong sensation to urinate when you don't want to, like when a woman hears water running. Although incontinence is more common as we age, it is not considered "normal" aging and, usually, there is a solution.

Q: I have heard of medications and surgery for incontinence, but I’m interested in another approach. Are there any newer treatment options?

A: The science behind treatments has been rapidly developing and there are more options than ever. Women have several non-invasive treatments available, such as home biofeedback and pelvic muscle training, bladder muscle neuromodulation with tibial nerve stimulation, and now, even Botox injections can help overactive bladders.

Q: I have problems with my bladder but am too embarrassed to tell anyone.

A: I have spent years learning to help women with their bladders and pelvic health. I hear your stories every day and understand how difficult it can be to talk about. Writing down your concerns and bladder habits before a visit to the doctor can help you focus on your specific concerns in a comfortable and objective manner.

Q: I keep getting kidney stones, what can I do?

A: More data is coming out that shows how important lifestyle is for kidney stone prevention. Staying well hydrated while eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in salt and animal protein can help protect your kidneys from stones. Personalized metabolic labs are available to directly target your specific risks for stones.

Dr. Kelly Casperson -

Dr. Kelly Casperson went to college and medical school at the University of Minnesota and completed her surgical internship and urological residency at the University of Colorado. In addition to her general urology training, she has training in the newest da Vinci robotic technology, pediatric urology and female urology. To book an appointment with Dr. Casperson, contact Bellingham Urology Specialists, PLLC, 360-671-9197 or visit www.bellinghamurologyspecialists.com.

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