Urinary incontinence is the inability to control the passage of urine. Often, embarrassment and the stigma associated with incontinence prevent women from seeking treatment, even when incontinence threatens her quality of life and that of her family.
Urinary incontinence can be cured or significantly improved once the underlying cause has been detected. However, it's important to recognize that incontinence is a symptom and not a disease. Its cause may be quite complex and involve many factors. As part of our treatment plan, we complete an in-depth evaluation before beginning treatment.
You already know ... your life has been changed by bladder control struggles. You’ve memorized the locations of restrooms in your everyday travels. Enjoyable activities are often overshadowed by worries about leaks or the urgency to find a restroom.
You may not know ... there are many causes of urinary incontinence in women.
You need to know ... bladder control doesn’t have to be a normal and accepted part of aging. Urgency and overactive bladder are treatable through non-surgical or minimally invasive procedures. We can provide the latest approaches to treat OAB with little impact to your daily life.
When urine leakage occurs with increases in abdominal pressure, it is known as stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Weak, stretched or broken, muscles fibers in the pelvic floor fail to provide the support needed to hold in urine. Many women with stress urinary incontinence complain of leaks caused by straining with coughing, laughing, sneezing, and exercising. These symptoms can sometimes be improved by treating the supporting vaginal tissue with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy if they have become weakened by hormonal deficiencies.
Urge incontinence (overactive bladder)
With urge incontinence, urine leaks occur when the bladder muscles contract at the wrong time, day or night. The bladder may not even be full when the contractions happen. Learn more about Overactive Bladder (OAB).
When you are unable to completely empty your bladder, it may result in overflow with unexpected or even continuous leakage. This can cause kidney damage and increased risk of infection.
Women often experience a combination of symptoms associated with both urge and stress incontinence. When this occurs, we treat each symptom to help improve quality of life.