Incontinence is a common symptom that affects women of all ages. Many women may feel too embarrassed to discuss their loss of bladder control with their doctor. But incontinence is treatable. Sumeeta Nanda, MD, FACOG, and Hoda Maarouf, MD, FACOG, at Women's Preventive Healthcare in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of incontinence. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book online today.
Incontinence is the loss of control over the contents of your bladder or bowel. In women, urinary incontinence is common, and it may result in a loss of small amounts of urine or even the entire contents of the bladder.
Pregnancy, childbirth, and aging affect the strength of your pelvic floor muscles. These muscles support your pelvic organs, including your uterus, cervix, vagina, and bladder.
When these muscles weaken, your pelvic organs fall and put pressure on your bladder. Additionally, without the support of your pelvic floor muscles, the muscles in your urinary tract must work harder to hold urine. These factors may lead to urine leakage.
There are many types of urinary incontinence. However, stress and urge incontinence are the most common types that affect women.
Stress or pressure on your bladder causes stress incontinence. It’s the most common type of urinary incontinence in women.
With stress incontinence, you may leak small amounts of urine when physical movement places pressure on your bladder, such as sneezing, running, or heavy lifting.
Urge incontinence, also called overactive bladder, causes an intense and unexpected need to urinate. The sensation then causes your bladder to spasm, which leads to urine loss.
Some women have both stress and urge incontinence, which is known as mixed incontinence.
The team at Women's Preventive Healthcare specializes in incontinence. When you come in for a consultation, you can expect a compassionate and patient-focused exam.
During your evaluation, the team reviews your symptoms, as well as your gynecological, medical, and surgical history, and the types of medications you take. They may also ask about your usual diet and exercise habits.
Then, your provider conducts a physical and pelvic exam and performs diagnostic tests to confirm or rule out a diagnosis that may explain your symptoms. Testing may include urinalysis, ultrasound, and bladder testing.
They may also perform a cystoscopy to evaluate your bladder and urethra, as well as urodynamic testing to assess bladder pressure and urination.
Your provider at Women's Preventive Healthcare creates an individualized treatment plan for your incontinence based on the type, your symptoms, and your personal preferences.
Your treatment plan may include some of the following:
The team at Women's Preventive Healthcare also specializes in gynecological surgery and performs procedures to improve your incontinence and repair your bladder.
Incontinence isn’t a normal part of the aging process, and it can be managed. Call Women's Preventive Healthcare or book an appointment online to get help today.