Do Women Get Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones were once thought to be a problem just for middle-aged men, but studies show they’ve become an issue for women, too. Why? Researchers believe it’s possibly due to the development and use of better diagnostic testing tools.

At Stone Relief Center in Spring, Texas, board-certified urologic surgeon William Cooper Buschemeyer III, MD, and the rest of our team specialize in diagnosing and treating kidney stones. We offer kidney stone management with the highest level of expertise and experience.

Kidney stones explained

Kidney stones can develop when you experience an imbalance of salt, water, and minerals in your urine, causing them to stick together and form very small pebble-like substances called kidney stones. 

When a stone passes from your bladder through your urethra, it can cause great pain. Gout can also cause kidney stones.

The stones typically don’t cause pain until they travel from your kidneys to your bladder. Symptoms involve severe pain in your side, groin, or belly, and your urine might become pink or red. You might even feel like you’re going to vomit.

A kidney stone can take a week or two to pass. If it makes it to your urinary tract, it can pass within two days. Most kidney stones pass naturally within 40 days.

If you suspect you have a kidney stone, we recommend that you drink plenty of water. If you have intense pain, you should schedule an appointment with us right away.

Even though kidney stones affect more men than women, you should understand how to avoid the risks.

Why kidney stones are increasing in women

Various influences can affect your chances of developing a kidney stone, including:

In a study of postmenopausal women, the outcome showed that when you eat foods high in fiber and low in sugar, and when you increase your diet with fruits and vegetables, your chance of getting stones decreases. Staying hydrated with plenty of water can also lower your risk.

Kidney stone treatments

When you come in to see Dr. Buschemeyer, we provide on-site ancillary services that allow us to diagnose your kidney issues accurately so we can give you the treatment and care you need.

Depending on the type of stone you have, we offer different treatment options, including:

During your consultation, we talk with you about the best solution for your kidneys.

If you suspect any issues with your kidneys, call us today or request your appointment using our online tool. You can also send us a message if you have any concerns or questions.

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