Urinary incontinence refers to the loss of bladder control. While most women experience incontinence due to weakened bladder support tissues or overactive bladder muscles, there can be an underlying problem like vaginal prolapse or nerve damage that causes incontinence. Symptoms can include:
- an overactive bladder causing frequent and strong urges to go to the bathroom
- an urge to return to the bathroom several times after urinating to completely empty your bladder
- stress incontinence from aging, pregnancy (especially multiple pregnancies), specific medical conditions, and various lifestyle activities lead to weakened pelvic support muscles and increased pressure on the bladder causes mild to extreme leaking. You may experience leaking when you sneeze, laugh, lift heavy objects, or exercise.
Urinary incontinence affects millions of women each year. Our physicians have special training in urodynamics testing – a way to measure the function of the bladder, and we regularly treat common types of urinary incontinence.
You may experience temporary incontinence from certain diuretic drinks, foods, or medications that stimulate your bladder and increase your urine, or from medical conditions like a urinary tract infection. Temporary incontinence can be easily treated.
If your incontinence is chronic, we can bring you relief through a personalized treatment plan targeted to your needs. This may include any of the following, depending on the cause: