Smoking Affects Urologic Conditions

Smoking is harmful to your body in lots of ways, but it can have an impact on urologic conditions in particular. There are several different conditions that smoking can impact.   Smoking irritates the bladder and it can definitely make urologic symptoms worse. In addition, it can cause bouts of coughing that can lead to urinary leakage, or incontinence. Let’s take a look at each of these conditions one by one.

How Smoking Affects Urologic Conditions?

Kidney Stones

A kidney stone is a condition that affects more than a million people every year. There is evidence that cigarette smoking can make you more susceptible to kidney stones.


Smoking has also been associated with an increased risk of infertility.  The chemicals in cigarettes can harm the genetic makeup of sperm and eggs.

Incontinence & Overactive Bladder

Incontinence and overactive bladder are two similar conditions that can be exacerbated by smoking. As mentioned, the coughing from smoking can cause leaking, but smoking irritates the bladder and can cause you to need to go more often.

Interstitial Cystitis

This condition affects a lot more women than men, but in both cases, smoking can be a contributing factor. This condition is also known as painful bladder syndrome.

Bladder or Kidney Cancer

Cancer is always the worst-case scenario when it comes to side effects from smoking. Most people think of lung cancer when they think of types of cancers caused by smoking, but the fact is that smoking can increase the risk of both of these types of cancers as well. The harmful chemicals in cigarettes are collected in the urine and in the kidneys and can cause several health problems – with bladder and kidney cancer among them.

Adult & Pediatric Urology in Omaha, NE

Occasional ED is not uncommon. Many men experience it during times of stress. However, frequent ED can be a sign of health problems that need treatment. It can also be a sign of emotional or relationship difficulties that may need to be addressed by a professional. It is a treatable condition. There are a number of ED treatments available. The type of treatment generally depends on the underlying cause of ED and range from counseling and lifestyle changes to drugs and surgery. If you suffer from ED, it is important to talk to your doctor. A doctor can help identify the cause of your ED and figure out the most appropriate treatment.

Clinical Trials in Omaha

Our Clinical Research Department was developed to fulfill our mission to provide high-quality patient centered care. When existing treatments fail or significantly lower your quality of life we seek out new, safe methods that give you more options and make further advancements in the fields of urology and urogynecology.

This overactive bladder clinical research treatment taking place in Omaha is testing new treatment methods. They are being developed by pharmaceutical and bio-technical companies. By volunteering, you may receive new investigational treatments that may help us all understand your condition.

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