Most of us consider our bladder only when we have “to go” or for whatever reason when we have trouble “going”. Then what is the bladder and why is it so important to your health? Simply, the bladder is an expandable muscular sac, which stores urine produced by the kidneys. This pear-shaped organ can hold between 16-24 ounces of urine and stretch to about 3 times its size. When functioning normally, we receive the urge to go and are able to hold as needed without much difficulty. However, like other areas of the body, there are various conditions and behaviors that can harm bladder function and these problems may occur in people all ages and sizes.


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