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September is Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Month

Interstitial Cystitis (IC), also known as Bladder Pain Syndrome (BPS), is a feeling of pain and pressure in the bladder area that also causes urinary urgency, frequency and lower urinary tract symptoms that last for more than six weeks without an infection or cause.

There are millions of people suffering from IC – more than 4 million women and men in the US alone. 90% of those with IC are women and the average onset of symptoms is around 40 years old.

There is no identified cause of IC, but there are at least five possible treatment options. Urologists at Urology of Central Pennsylvania are trained to help patients suffering from IC. If you are experiencing bladder pain, please call UCPA today at 717-724-0720 or 717-763-1174.


Harrisburg Joins National Movement to End Prostate Cancer

Harrisburg, PA — ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer joins Urology of Central Pennsylvania to host the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk this September. The goal is to create Generation ZERO – the first generation of men who are free of prostate cancer. Participants from the Harrisburg area will run and walk together on September 20 to fight a disease that takes the life of an American man every 17 minutes.

Harrisburg joins 40+ communities across the nation as part of the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk series. The Run/Walk promotes awareness for prostate cancer and educates men about their risk. More than 7,470 men in Pennsylvania will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.

“The ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk rallies communities and gives participants a voice in the fight to end prostate cancer,” said ZERO CEO Jamie Bearse. “We’re making prostate cancer a national priority. The Run/Walk series is a way to mobilize the prostate cancer community and raise funds for patient support programs to ensure that no man has to face prostate cancer alone.”


Crossed Legs and Gotta Go’s: An Undiscussed Challenge of Motherhood

From new mothers to grandmothers, many women experience urinary leakage, but there is hope. UCPA’s new OAB Patient Navigator and Care Pathway are here to help.

As a new mom, your body experienced significant changes to grow, deliver and care for your baby. Feeling tired, losing hair and having some mild, infrequent urinary leaking or incontinence are normal for a short time after giving birth. Continued “accidents” are not normal though and they can be extremely embarrassing.

Many times, leaking or accidents during pregnancy is due to stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Increased pressure on the bladder due to a growing uterus strains the bladder and the bladder sphincter causing stress incontinence. Following birth, women with stress incontinence may leak urine when sneezing, laughing or doing strenuous physical activities. This could be due to weak pelvic floor muscles or there may be another kind of incontinence happening – an overactive bladder or OAB.

More than half of women with stress urinary incontinence also have an overactive bladder.

Overactive Bladder

An overactive bladder is a condition with symptoms that include urinary urgency, frequency and possibly urinary leakage. Spasms of the bladder muscles cause you to feel like you must urinate often and quickly, even though there may not be much urine in your bladder. Those spasms may be due to muscles that are too active, inappropriate nerve signals between the bladder and the brain, hormone changes, pelvic floor weakness, neurological disorders or a urinary tract infection (UTI).

The main symptoms of an overactive bladder include a sudden, strong urge to go that you cannot ignore, going to the bathroom more than eight times in 24 hours, and waking up more than once a night to go.

Overactive bladder is very common. More than 40 percent of women have OAB, but many do not seek help due to embarrassment. They are not sure how to talk with their health care provider or they think there are not treatments that will help.

People suffer physically, emotionally and socially from OAB due to its distressing effects. Those with OAB may limit social interactions, employment opportunities, trips outside of the home and develop social isolation and depression. It may affect exercise, your sleep and your sex life. OAB may also cause skin problems or infections.

There are many options to help those suffering from overactive bladder.

Urology of Central Pennsylvania offers our patients a new service to ease the embarrassment and fix the problem of an overactive bladder. This new service is called our OAB Patient Navigator program. When a patient chooses to use the complimentary OAB Patient Navigator, a personal Navigator will call her regularly to: explain and answer questions about her diagnosis, coordinate communication between the patient and physician, guide the patient through the next steps toward significant improvement and facilitate scheduling treatments.

Your Navigator will help to guide you through the OAB Care Pathway, from evaluation to conservative treatments to re-evaluation and more invasive treatment, if needed. Please click on the thumbnail of the Care Pathway to read more.

Remember, frequency, urgency and leaking urine is not normal for new moms, older moms or grand moms and there is something you can do about it.

Improve your quality of life starting today by calling Urology of Central Pennsylvania today at 717-724-0720 or 717-763-1174.

More information on Overactive Bladder may be found via the links below:
“Incontinence Relief is Now Coming from a Surprising Source – Botox” PennLive article –

Overactive Bladder in Men –

Urology Care Foundation OAB Information (Foundation of the American Urological Association) –


Annual Senior Citizens’ Expo Hosted by Rep. Mark Keller to Feature UCPA

Urology of Central PA is pleased to participate in Representative Mark Keller’s Senior Expo on Friday, September 27, 2019. The event will be held at the Family Life Center, 27 West Shortcut Road, in Newport, from 1 – 4 p.m. 

This popular event will provide information and health screenings for seniors. Each vendor will provide a door prize to be given away at the event.

 UCPA is pleased to provide health screening and helpful information to seniors at this event, through our website or by calling our offices. 

 Please stop by and say hello at our table on Friday, September 27! We look forward to seeing you there.



Senior Expo to Offer Health Screenings and More

State Representative Andrew Lewis will hold his first annual Senior Expo on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at Devonshire Memorial Church of United Brethren in the Christ Community Center, from 10 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Urology of Central Pennsylvania is proud to participate in this event by offering health screenings and information. Please stop by our table and say hello!

Other vendors at the fair will focus on health care, personal security, volunteer opportunities, leisure programs and more.