Urinary System

The urinary system, also known as the renal system or urinary tract, consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and the urethra. The purpose of the urinary system is to eliminate waste from the body, regulate blood volume and blood pressure, control levels of electrolytes and metabolites, and regulate blood pH. 

Bed-Wetting in Children

What is bed-wetting? Bed-wetting is urination during sleep. Children learn bladder control at different ages. Children younger than 4 often wet their beds or clothes, because they can’t yet control their bladder. But by age 5 or 6 most children can stay dry through the night. Bed-wetting is defined as a child age 5 or…

Bed-Wetting: Should My Child See a Doctor?

Guides through decision to see a doctor about your child’s bed-wetting. Includes common reasons for bed-wetting and discusses what is normal bladder control. Covers benefits and risks. Includes an interactive tool to help you make your decision.

Behavioral Methods for Urinary Incontinence

Several types of behavioral methods are used for treating urinary incontinence : bladder training, habit training, biofeedback, and pelvic muscle exercises. People who have incontinence due to physical or mental limitations ( functional incontinence ) can try timed voiding and prompted voiding. Bladder training Bladder…

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

What is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)? Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is an enlarged prostate gland . The prostate gland surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. As the prostate gets bigger, it may squeeze or partly block the urethra. This often causes problems with…