Bladder control problems, also known as urinary incontinence, is a common condition in women of all ages, but becomes more prevalent as a woman gets older. Incontinence, or the involuntary leakage of urine, is not just a physical condition but also an emotional one, causing many women embarrassment, anxiety and fear of social interactions and activities.
Fortunately, there are a number of treatments that are proven successful for treating symptoms of urinary incontinence.
Types of Incontinence
There are two main types of urinary incontinence – overactive bladder (OAB) and stress incontinence. When a women experience symptoms of both, it is called mixed incontinence.
Overactive bladder (OAB) – OAB (also called urge incontinence) is a common condition in women and is typically described as a “gotta go” feeling or an overwhelming urge to urinate. In overactive bladder, nerve signals between the bladder and brain get mixed up, causing the sudden urge to urinate. Symptoms include:
- Urine leakage
- Extreme, frequent urge to urinate
- Increased frequency of urination
- Increased nighttime urination
Stress incontinence – This type of incontinence is caused by weakened pelvic floor muscles. If you have ever sneezed, laughed, coughed or even lifted something heavy and experienced a sudden leakage of urine, then you may have stress incontinence. The stress is added pressure on your bladder that causes urine to involuntarily leak.
At Women’s OB/GYN, we understand that urinary incontinence can negatively affect your quality of life and work closely with leading urologists and urogynecologists to help women overcome bladder control issues.
Working with urology specialists and urogynecologists experienced in treating women, the physicians at The Women’s OB/GYN Group offer patients a number of effective treatment options for bladder control problems including:
- Physical therapy – PT is often a first line therapy to treat OAB and stress incontinence and helps by strengthening weakened pelvic floor muscles.
- Medications – Certain medication have been FDA approved to treat OAB
- Surgical procedures – Our physician can perform certain procedures that help alleviate the symptoms of urinary incontinence.
The doctors and healthcare providers at The Women’s OB/GYN Group are here to help and answer any questions or concerns you have about diagnosing and treating your urinary incontinence symptoms.