The bladder is the internal organ that holds urine in the urinary system. The bladder is related to connected to the outside via the urethra and to the kidneys via the ureters. Bladder symptoms include bladder pain, and various urinary symptoms such as urination pain, urinary dribbling, urinary incontinence, and many others. Bladder disorders include bladder infection, bladder inflammation (cystitis), unstable bladder, urinary incontinence, and many others. Read more about: Bladder symptoms, Bladder Disorders

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The bladder stores urine. The urine flows from the kidneys to the bladder through two thin tubes of muscle called ureters, one on each side of the bladder. The muscles of the bladder wall remain relaxed while the bladder fills with urine. As the bladder fills to capacity, signals sent to the brain tell a person to find a toilet soon. When the bladder empties, urine flows out of the body through a tube called the urethra, located at the bottom of the bladder. In men the urethra is long, while in women it is short.

Source: NIDDK (NIH)1

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  1. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ health-topics/ Anatomy/ kidneys-how-they-work/ Pages/ anatomy.aspx
  2. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ diabetes/ preventing-diabetes-problems/ sexual-urologic-problems
  3. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ urologic-diseases
  4. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ diabetes/ preventing-diabetes-problems/ sexual-urologic-problems
  5. Source: NIA (NIH): health/ bladder-health-older-adults

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