Orange Blossom Women's Group
Board Certified OB-GYNS, Midwives & Advanced Nurse Practitioners located in New Port Richey, FL & Land O' Lakes, FL
Pregnancy, childbirth, and aging affect many of the organs in your pelvic region, including those that make up your urinary system. Though you may find your urinary incontinence an embarrassing problem, it’s very common in women. At Orange Blossom Women's Group in Trinity, Florida, Reut Bardach, MD, and the experienced team of women’s health experts specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.
Urinary Incontinence Q & A
What is urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence means you don’t have full control over your bladder, so you leak urine.
Though urinary incontinence affects both sexes, it’s more common in women. Pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause affect the bladder and urethra, as well as the muscles that support bladder control.
Urinary incontinence in women can develop at any age. However, your risk of developing urinary incontinence increases as you get older.
What are the types of urinary incontinence?
There are many types of urinary incontinence. The most common types that affect women include:
Stress urinary incontinence
Most women with urinary incontinence have stress urinary incontinence. With this type, you experience urine loss when stress or pressure is placed on your bladder, such as when you run or lift a heavy box.
Stress urinary incontinence is more common in younger women and usually leads to only small amounts of urine loss.
Urge urinary incontinence
Urge urinary incontinence, also called overactive bladder, causes an intense and sudden urge to urinate. The urgency may be so severe you can lose the entire contents of your bladder before you reach the bathroom.
This type of urinary incontinence is more common in older women.
Some women experience both stress and urge urinary incontinence, which is called mixed incontinence.
What can I expect during an evaluation for urinary incontinence?
The team at Orange Blossom Women's Group specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence. You can expect a comprehensive and compassionate evaluation when you come to the office looking for help.
During your exam, your provider reviews your symptoms and your medical and gynecological history, and then performs a physical and pelvic exam. Additional diagnostic tests may be requested to confirm a diagnosis.
How is urinary incontinence treated?
The team at Orange Blossom Women's Group develops an individualized treatment plan for urinary incontinence based on the type and severity of symptoms.
If your symptoms are mild, the team may suggest lifestyle changes such as:
- Limiting liquids, especially before bed
- Following a bathroom schedule
- Performing pelvic floor exercises to improve muscle strength
The innovative practice also offers BTL Emsella® treatments for urinary incontinence. It’s an advanced chair-like device that you sit on fully clothed while it stimulates contraction of your pelvic floor muscles to improve muscle strength and bladder control.
For maintenance, Orange Blossom Women's Group also offers a pessary, which is a soft, flexible device your provider places in your vagina to give additional support for your pelvic floor muscles.
Urinary incontinence is a common problem for women, but you have many effective treatment options. Call Orange Blossom Women's Group or book online today to learn more.
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