Welcome to PLUS! Where researchers and communities come together to improve women's bladder health.

Bladder health. Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS). These aren't topics women and girls discuss very often – among friends, with Mom, or even their doctor. From childhood to menopause, bladder health is a concern for all women. As many as 40% of women and girls experience symptoms in their lifetimes.

Yet, too often women feel shame or embarrassment, and hide their symptoms – managing them alone and without the benefit of the latest information and treatments.

And, that's what PLUS is trying to change. There's too much we – doctors, patients, researchers, everyone – don't fully understand about bladder health. We want to improve the health of women and girls by understanding bladder health better and then finding the best care and prevention options.

But, we are not doing this alone on our campuses. The best research will come from researchers joining with the people actually living and dealing with bladder symptoms.

In every phase of this project, we are inviting women across the country to join us in order to really understand the bladder problems women face and find practical solutions to improving bladder health and preventing problems.

We hope you will join us in this effort.  Participate in an activity on the "Join Us" page.  Learn more about bladder health on this site. Share what you learn and talk about bladder health with the people in your life.

(For Consortium Staff and Faculty)

Common Bladder or Urinary Tract Symptoms PLUS is trying to prevent

  • Accidental leaking of urine (urinary incontinence)
  • Need to go often during the day (urinary frequency)
  • Very strong and sudden need to urinate (urgency)
  • Need to get up and go at night (nocturia)
  • Trouble urinating and pain in the bladder area before, during or after urinating