Bladder leakage, medically known as “urinary incontinence,” can be embarrassing for the women who deal with it. At Premier OB/GYN in Bradenton, Florida, our professionals work routinely with individuals who are struggling with this condition and are interested in learning about treatment options. Urinary inconvenience causes accidental leakage that may range from mild to uncontrollable.
What types of urinary incontinence may be diagnosed?
There are two varieties of urinary incontinence that may impact women, including stress incontinence and urge incontinence. Stress incontinence is the leaking of urine when pressure is put on the bladder, and can cause leakage when someone lifts a heavy object, coughs, sneezes, or laughs. Urge incontinence, which is better known as an “overactive bladder,” is caused by a strong and sudden need to use the bathroom even when the bladder is not full.
What can cause urinary incontinence to develop?
Urinary incontinence may sometimes be a part of the natural aging process, as the pelvic floor muscles often become weaker with time. In addition, women who have experienced pregnancy and childbirth may be at a higher risk of developing urinary incontinence in the future. Nerve damage and coexisting conditions can also increase one’s risk of dealing with bladder leakage.
What treatment options are available to patients who deal with urinary incontinence?
After patients have received a thorough evaluation and have been properly diagnosed with urinary incontinence, treatment options are openly discussed between the doctor and patient at Premier OB/GYN. Some of the treatment options include:
- Pelvic floor muscle exercises
- Dietary changes
- Lifestyle change
- Bladder training
- Prescription medications
- Use of pads or diapers
- Urethral inserts
- Vaginal pessary
- Surgical interventions
Find out what is available to help control urinary incontinence
If you find yourself worried about bladder leakage, it may be time to speak to a professional about your condition and discuss solutions that can help. At Premier OB/GYN, we invite women to be open and honest with our doctors to not only obtain a proper diagnosis, but to find a treatment solution that meets their needs. Call (941) 745-5115 to schedule a consultation and initial evaluation with our staff at 5323 4th Avenue in Bradenton, Florida.