Urological complications are a leading cause of health concern for women. As aging contributes to the development of complications such as urinary incontinence, many women struggle to find balance in the urological system.
Even when symptoms are not present, many women suffer from urological complications without even realizing the complication exists. Referred to as asymptomatic urinary tract infections, women who suffer from this complication are found to carry a complication known as bacteriuria.
Asymptomatic bacteriuria is common among all ages and genders, although women in middle adulthood tend to be the demographic most often affected. As a chronic and progressive complication, the growth of bacteria in the urine only increases with time.
Only when complications of a urinary tract infection are present does a woman realize the extent to which she may suffer from this progressive urological complication. In some cases, through routine health examinations and urinalysis testing, the development of bacteriuria may also be identified.
While women with diabetes are probably at the greatest risk for developing asymptomatic bacteriuria, women who are in nursing homes, women who are pregnant and women who suffer from spinal cord injuries or require long term catheter use are also at a great risk.
In women without any co morbid health complications, the diagnosis of asymptomatic bacteriuria often results in no recommended treatment as the complication generally does not produce any significant impairment. However, when the development of a co morbid complication begins, such as that of diabetes, a woman may then need to address complications of the urological system including those that create no symptoms, such as bacteriuria.
Addressing the issue of bacteriuria during pregnancy is important as, historically, women who experience this urological complication may also deliver prematurely. Using anti-microbial treatment, many pregnant women experience improvement in the urological complication and carry the pregnancy to full term. The key, however, lies in the early diagnosis and treatment by the obstetrician.
As with any urological condition, it is important to seek medical attention early to ensure there are no long-term ramifications from the disorder. For many women, the presence of bacteriuria often comes without symptoms, resulting in complete unawareness of the complication. Relying upon your physician to make the right diagnosis, and treat the condition when necessary, is important. However, without co morbid complications, your physician may opt to allow the condition to progress naturally with little risk to damage to the urological system.