Urinary incontinence refers to the loss of bladder control. Your symptoms might be minor at first and get worse over time. Some women may experience a bit of leaky urine here and there, while others find they can’t get to a bathroom in time to empty their bladder.
Urinary incontinence can take different forms and be rooted in various issues, including:
Sometimes urinary incontinence can be related to your diet. Foods and beverages that act as diuretics will stimulate your bladder and the urge to urinate. These include:
For some women, incontinence is caused by a structural issue in the pelvic region because of:
Urinary incontinence can also be caused by a urinary tract infection, constipation, and a variety of medications.
In many cases, urinary incontinence can be treated easily. Here are some of the common ways your physician might address it:
Pelvic floor exercises or Kegel exercises
Your physician can give you instructions on how to do exercises at home to strengthen the pelvic area and improve symptoms of incontinence. Pelvic physical therapy can be helpful in making sure the exercises are being done correctly and leading to measurable improvements. Oftentimes these exercises can minimize the need for surgeries to treat the problem
This outpatient surgical procedure uses human or synthetic tissue to create a “sling” for your urethra and bladder neck to relieve incontinence. This is not the same thing as the controversial Vaginal Mesh surgery, but rather a long-lasting “backstop” that greatly improves bladder control for stress urinary incontinence.
Different types of vaginal reconstruction (or as one of our providers calls it, a “vaginal facelift”) can help to eliminate prolapse and prevent urine leakage. A common example is Anterior and or Posterior repair (aka “colporrhaphy”) with or without hysterectomy.
If you’re concerned about urinary incontinence, book an appointment with the online scheduler today.