Many women suffer from urinary incontinence, which is the involuntary and unintentional leaking of urine from the bladder. While it can be an embarrassing and uncomfortable problem, it is important to understand that you are not alone in your struggle. To get the help you need and deserve, be sure to let your doctor know about what you are experiencing.
The levels of urinary incontinence vary from patient to patient. Some women may only lose a few drops of urine while running, coughing or laughing while others have sudden, strong urges to urinate just before they lose a large amount of urine. Whatever your experience may be, speaking with your gynecologist or urologist will allow them to diagnose your type of urinary incontinence and help you find relief. The most common causes of urinary incontinence are stress incontinence, urge incontinence, overactive bladder, overflow incontinence, and mixed incontinence. The diagnosis of urinary incontinence may involve a physical exam, ultrasounds or urodynamic testing. During your time in office, we will seek to better understand your medical history and any lifestyle changes you may be experiencing that could cause urinary incontinence.
Treatment for urinary incontinence may include behavioral therapies such as bladder training and kegel exercises, or depending on the severity of your condition, medical procedures like surgery, medication, or catheterization. By gaining a holistic understanding of what you are experiencing, your doctor will create an individualized treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms.