Urology Center of Englewood

Bladder

The bladder is a hollow organ located in the pelvis. Its primary function is to store urine, the waste that is produced when the kidneys filter the blood. Urine passes from the two kidneys into the bladder through two tubes called ureters, and urine leaves the bladder through another tube called the urethra. The bladder has a muscular wall that allows it to get larger and smaller as urine is stored or emptied.

Bladder problems are common in both men and women. Each year in the United States, bladder cancer is diagnosed in roughly 55,000 men and 18,000 women. Other conditions that involve the bladder include urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome, and pelvic organ prolapse. These conditions can be treated; don’t hesitate to seek care for any symptoms that you experience. To learn more, click on one of the following: