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Glossary of Common Urologic Terms

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Ureter
The tube carrying urine to the bladder from the kidney.
Urethra
The tube that carries urine and semen out the body.
Urgency
An imminent need to urinate.
Urinary Bladder
The organ that collects urine excreted by the kidneys prior to urination.
Urinary Incontience
Any unintentional or involuntary leakage of urine. It can range from a few drops to no control at all of your urine.
Urinary Incontinence
The involuntary loss of urine must which has a negative impact on the quality of the individual's life, particularly for hygienic and/or social standpoints.
Urogynecology
The field of urogynecology is a subspecialty within Obstetrics and Gynecology and is dedicated to the study and treatment of pelvic floor disorders in women. Urogynecologists have completed medical school and a four-year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, or Urology. These doctors become specialists with additional training and experience in the evaluation and treatment of conditions that affect the female pelvic organs, and the muscles and connective tissue that support the organs. Many have completed formal fellowships (additional training after residency) that focused on the surgical and non-surgical treatment of non-cancerous gynecologic problems.
Urologist
A urologist is a physician who is trained to evaluate the genitourinary tract, which includes the kidneys, urinary bladder and genital structures in men and women, and the prostate and testicles in men. The urologist evaluates the function of these structures, the conditions and diseases that can affect them and the medical and surgical tools to optimize their function, treat the conditions and diseases of these organs.
Uterine Prolapse
When the supporting ligaments and muscles of the pelvic floor that keep the uterus in the pelvis are damaged, the cervix and uterus descend into and eventually out of the vagina. Often, uterine prolapse is associated with loss of vaginal wall support (cystocele, rectocele).