Can irritation of the bladder be caused by a vaginal yeast infection?
An irritated bladder is certainly a very annoying symptom, as it can make you constantly feel like you “have to go.”
Another symptom is leakage of urine.
Frequent trips to the toilet provide only temporary relief, if at all.
When women experience bladder related symptoms, they often assume that the source is a urinary tract infection.
But don’t dismiss the possibility that the vagina could be involved.
“Overgrowth of vaginal bacteria or yeast can cause bladder symptoms,” says Michael Ingber, MD, board certified in urology, female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, and founder of The Center for Specialized Women’s Health, division of Garden State Urology.
“The bladder is found in front (anterior) of the vagina,” continues Dr. Ingber.
“Any infection which causes inflammation of the vaginal wall can directly irritate the bladder and cause bladder symptoms such as urinary urgency, frequency or leakage.”
Though these symptoms can also be caused by a urinary tract infection, a urinary tract infection cannot cause vaginal itching, dryness or burning.
Dr. Ingber continues, “Sometimes, the vulvar vestibule can get affected as well. This is the region just inside the labia minora (small lips of the vulva) but not inside the actual vaginal canal.
“The urethra opens up in this area. When the vulvar vestibule is inflamed from yeast infections, women can get symptoms of burning with urination.”
Other Symptoms of a Vaginal Yeast Infection
• Burning — also with intercourse
• Itching in the vaginal area
• Swelling of the vulva
• Redness of the vulva
• Vaginal discomfort or soreness
• Rash of the vagina
• Watery discharge
• Thick white discharge that resembles cottage cheese. It has no odor.
Most vaginal yeast infections are caused by the fungus Candida albicans.
If you have bladder related symptoms that last more than a day, make an appointment with your doctor.
Dr. Ingber is board-certified in Urology and Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery; is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. The Center for Specialized Women’s Health, division of Garden State Urology & Atlantic Medical Group.
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