The loss of bladder control is a common and often embarrassing problem. The severity ranges from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that is so sudden you don’t make it to the bathroom in time. There are several reasons that urinary incontinence occurs from pregnancy, child birth, weak bladder muscles and overactive bladder muscles.
When simply coughing, sneezing or even laughing causes you to lose control, it’s time to take action. Fortunately, for many women, this annoying condition can often be easily corrected with a simple outpatient treatment. True, it can be difficult to talk about. But the doctors at OBGYN West deal with this problem every day–and have brought relief to many women just like you. Tired of thinking you had to live with this condition? Please make an appointment with one of our doctors today. You may be surprised what we can do for you.
Types of Incontinence
Stress Urinary Incontinence
Is leaking urine when coughing, laughing, or sneezing. A woman can also leak when exercising. There are many treatment options for stress incontinence ranging from weight loss to a bladder sling procedure. Your physician will work with you to determine which option is best for you.
Urgency Urinary Incontinence
Is the sudden strong urge to urinate that is hard to stop. Women with this type of urinary incontinence may leak urine on the way to the bathroom. If you have an “overactive bladder” (OAB), it means that you have symptoms of urgency and frequency that may or may not include urinary incontinence.
Mixed Urinary Incontinence
Combines the symptoms of both stress urinary continence and urgency urinary incontinence.
Bladder Control Therapy
Bladder control problems , including overactive bladder (OAB) and non-obstructive urinary retention, are treatable conditions. They’re not a normal part of aging and are not something that you should have to live with. The first steps in assessing urinary incontinence are a medical history and physical exam.
Common Treatment Options for Stress Urinary Incontinence:
- Physical Therapy-Pelvic floor exercises (Kegel exercises) can help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
- Weight Loss- losing a small amount of weight my decrease urine leakage
- Bladder Sling- is a surgical procedure that can support the urethra.
Common Treatment Options for Urgency Urinary Incontinence:
- Medication- can be used to to control the muscle spasms or bladder contractions and prevent leakage from urgency urinary incontinence and relieve the symptoms of urgency and frequency.
- Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS) – is a procedure that is similar to acupuncture. A slender needle is inserted near a nerve in the ankle and connected to a machine. A signal is is sent through the needles to the nerve, which sends the signal to the pelvic floor.
- InterStim Therapy – is a reversible therapy used to treat urinary incontinence, frequency and incomplete bladder emptying. An implantable device is used and sends mild electronic pulses to the sacral nerves. Located near the tailbone, the sacral nerves control the bladder and the muscles related to urinary function
Consult with one of our physicians to see which treatment option is best for you.