It doesn’t matter if it only happens when you sneeze or if it happens every time you need to go; when you suffer from urinary incontinence, it’s embarrassing. At Avery Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology, the team of board-certified OB/GYNs offers you a solution no matter how bad your bladder control. If you live near Westport, Fairfield, or Norwalk, Connecticut, there’s no reason to wait to contact the Avery Center’s Bladder Dysfunction Program. Call today to schedule or book your appointment online now.
Urinary incontinence, or the inability to adequately control your bladder, is common as you age. Aging muscles and weakening support systems can make you more likely to leak urine, but other things can contribute as well.
Acute incontinence may be caused by a urinary tract infection (UTI) or constipation. Diuretic drinks, like soda and coffee, and foods, including artificial sweeteners and chocolate, can increase the amount of urine you produce, making incontinence more likely.
Incontinence may also be caused by an underlying condition, such as:
There are several types of urinary incontinence, each differing in severity. The two most common types are stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
Stress incontinence occurs when you leak urine when coughing, sneezing, laughing, or lifting; urge incontinence is marked by a sudden urge to go, followed by a urine leak. Either condition can be caused by an infection, but may also be the result of a chronic condition like diabetes.
Other types of incontinence include:
At the Bladder Dysfunction Program at the Avery Center, your OB/GYN offers a range of treatments for incontinence, depending on the severity and type you have.
Their state-of-the-art urodynamics laboratory evaluates your bladder function through a painless exam, while a computer system monitors your bladder’s functioning by measuring the strength and timing of the muscles in your bladder, urethra, and pelvis. That helps determine the best course of treatment for your incontinency.
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If you’re experiencing stress incontinence, your OB/GYN may recommend pelvic muscle exercises or physical therapy. It's especially common after childbirth and can promote vast improvements.
In other circumstances, your doctor may suggest medications that calm an overactive bladder, help with voiding all urine, or improve the health of the tissues surrounding the bladder.
With severe cases or those that don’t respond to other measures, your OB/GYN may recommend a fractional laser treatment, an O-Shot, or a minimally invasive surgery.
If you’re tired of leaking urine, seek the help of experts. Call the Avery Center today to schedule your appointment or book online now.