The Urinary Tract System Anatomy


Urinary Incontinence: What is it?

Our physical bodies and minds are core components for us to be the person we are. A healthy body performs many things. The average person takes our body for granted, expecting it to operate effectively and efficiently based on our will.

People with lean, physical bodies are committed to keeping them strong with fitness training. Some use their bodies in service for other people or animals. Most people are not aware of the intricacies and complexities essential for us to perform everything we do.

During episodes of illness varying emotions may be experienced culminating in hopes for a quick recovery. Few of us think of our bodies as amazing machines. The multiple functions operating simultaneously allow us to accomplish our business and the behaviors of daily living, are rarely thought or known.

Many people live in imperfect bodies, some deformed from birth, others as a result of illnesses, accidents or age changes. Unseen deterioration in our bodies can be most vexing as well as humiliating.

One, of major concern is irregularities in our bodily functions especially when they become public, namely, urinary incontinence. This article will identify structures of the urinary tract system and define their functions. For an understanding of urinary incontinence to have value we must obtain basic knowledge of the urinary tract system’s anatomy to move forward.

Basic Components to Know

Urinary incontinence is an abnormal body function. Knowledge of the anatomy and functions of the urinary tract system are essential to learn the normal process. These facts provide information to perception that which is abnormal.

The major components of the urinary tract system include four structures. These are the kidneys, ureters, bladder and the urethra. Each structure has a specific purpose and function. Our kidneys are the primary organs of operation. We have two of them located at our backs above the level of our waist.

For this article, the primary function of the kidneys is filtering and selective removal of liquid waste products from the body. They provide several important functions which help to facilitate other normal operations in our bodies. Other essential structures that assist the elimination of urine are discussed.

Urinary Tract Components Functions

As blood flows through our kidneys, a filtering process occurs to remove dissolved waste products and water from the body in the form of urine. Tubes leaving the kidneys connect to the bladder and direct urine to be deposited in our bladders. These tubes are called ureters. This repository holding urine until it is excreted is called a bladder. Similar to a balloon, bladders stretch and can hold up to a quart of urine or more in some cases. Urethras are the outflow tubes permitting urine to leave our bodies.

Urinary System Medical Terminology

Learning basic medical terms used for the urinary tract system are essential to understanding urinary incontinence, Medical terminology and definitions are presented here.

  • A urologist is a medical doctor specializing in disorders of the urinary tract system.
  • Voiding, micturation and urination are terms used to describe the process of excreting urine.
  • Urinary incontinence is the inability to control the release of urine from the body.
  • Gynecologists are medical doctors specializing in disorders of the female reproductive system. Some gynecologists may treat women who have symptoms of urinary incontinence.

Urinary Incontinence Managed

Everything changes. It is the constant we know is always present. Time and age brings unforeseen deviations in our bodies. A cause for distress, as we grow older may be relate to improper functioning in the human body. Notable changes are observed when things done easily ten years are no longer a reality. The hindrance of urinary incontinence on the activities of daily living, such as dressing, grooming, eating, toileting and mobility may require restructuring our daily routine. Distraught brought forth by these changes may be accompanied by stress. Urinary incontinence is such a change.Happy People

Often, the inability to control our eliminations is associated with the affliction of shame and/or embarrassment. Urinary incontinence is a major concern. Its unexpected nature focuses on our abnormal body function of a loss of control. As a reminder of a childlike event, it highlights our inability to feel whole and vibrant.​

Several topics are presented here, all focused on understanding urinary incontinence. Learning types and causes for urinary incontinence provides the framework of knowledge on the involuntary, inability to control one’s urine. Management and preferable treatment can be sought from an informed base. It is my desire to present information on these items for clarity and the understanding of urinary incontinence. It is my hope, it will engender confidence and security to continue living a fulfilling and productive life.

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