Pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause are all major life events for most women. Unfortunately, these events also make you more susceptible to urinary incontinence. While you may consider the inability to control your bladder an embarrassing problem, it’s not something you need to simply live with. Board-certified OB/GYN Gary Ott, MD, FACOG, at Premier Women’s Health Associates offers treatment to resolve your urinary incontinence. For a consultation, call the West Hills, California, office today.
Urinary incontinence refers to the inability to control the contents of your bladder, which includes anything from a tiny dribble to your entire bladder. Women are twice as likely as men to experience urinary incontinence and the risk increases as women get older.
There are several types of urinary incontinence differentiated by their symptoms. The types include:
The small dribble of urine loss you experience after a sneeze or during your run is referred to as stress urinary incontinence. This type of incontinence is the most common and more often seen in younger women.
Also known as overactive bladder (OAB), urge urinary incontinence causes an intense need to urinate that is so strong and sudden you lose the entire contents of your bladder before you reach the bathroom.
Overflow incontinence causes a constant dribbling of urine due to an inability to completely empty your bladder.
Functional incontinence occurs when you can’t reach the bathroom in time due to a physical or mental impairment, such as severe arthritis.
Many women suffer from more than one type of incontinence, which is referred to as mixed incontinence.
Urinary incontinence is a symptom, not a disease. You can develop urinary incontinence due to a physical problem that affects the muscles and nerves that control your bladder or from medications or foods that stimulate the bladder and increase the volume of urine.
Common causes of urinary incontinence in women include:
Pregnancy and childbirth lead to urinary incontinence due to the weakening of your pelvic floor muscles, which are the muscles that support your pelvic organs and help control bladder and bowel function.
Dr. Ott specializes in urinary incontinence and develops individualized treatment plans based on the type of urinary incontinence you have and the severity of your symptoms. Your treatment may include things you can do at home, such as:
Medical treatment for urinary incontinence depends on the type. Treatments include medications, bulking agents, or nerve stimulation. In severe cases, surgery is recommended.
To get the medical care you need to regain control over your bladder, contact Premier Women’s Health Associates by phone to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ott today.