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Chapter 23: Problems of the Urine System

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illustration of the below: parts of a woman's urine system

There are 2 kidneys. They make urine by cleaning waste from the blood.
The bladder is a bag. It stretches and gets bigger as it fills with urine, and gets smaller after you pass urine.
When you pass urine, the urine goes down the lower urine tube and comes out a small hole in front of your vagina.
There are 2 upper urine tubes. They carry the urine from the kidneys to the bladder.

This chapter describes the most common problems that affect the urine system. Sometimes these problems are difficult to tell apart. So if your problem seems different from those described here, get medical help. You may need special tests to find out what the problem is.

If you can identify the problem, it may be possible to treat the problem at home--especially if treatment is started right away. But remember that some serious problems begin with signs that do not seem very bad. These problems can quickly become painful and dangerous. So if you do not feel better within 2 to 3 days, get medical help.

This page was updated:01 Feb 2021