Urinary Incontinence Can Mean You Need to Pay Your Gynecologist a Visit

Urinary Incontinence, Dr. Lori Davidson, Gynecologist, Caring for Women’s Health

As a woman, you may joke with your friends about sneezing and involuntarily losing some urine, but the reality of urinary incontinence is, well...nothing to sneeze about, and anything but a laughing matter.

Dr. Lori Davidson of Caring for Women’s Health, in Greenwood, Indiana, is a compassionate and highly experienced gynecologist who treats women for the embarrassing medical problem of urinary incontinence. If you experience urinary incontinence regularly, it may mean it’s time to visit your gynecologist to explore treatment options.

Urinary incontinence shouldn’t interfere with your life

Nearly every woman has laughed or sneezed during or after pregnancy and involuntarily lost urine. Or perhaps as perimenopause arrives, you experience occasional bladder leakage as you go through the transition beyond childbearing age. However, if frequent urine loss is affecting the quality of your life, it could be the sign of an underlying medical concern.

Urinary incontinence more commonly affects women than men, and after having babies, or as part of the aging process, incontinence can become a recurring, embarrassing problem that prevents you from participating in the activities you enjoy.

For example, maybe you didn’t sign up for an exercise class because you’re worried you’ll have an accident. Or, perhaps you don’t like to travel in the car for more than a couple of hours, for fear you won’t make it to the restroom in time.

Your gynecologist identifies the cause of urinary incontinence and recommends treatments

The most common type of urinary issues for women come from stress incontinence. That’s when urine leaks out as a result of pressure on your bladder from things like:

If you have a sudden urge to use the bathroom followed by an almost immediate loss of urine, it could be urge incontinence. Urge incontinence often indicates the presence of a minor bladder infection. Sometimes, urge incontinence is related to a neurological disorder or diabetes, and obesity is a contributing factor.

Overflow incontinence is when you have a frequent or constant problem dripping urine. This is usually a sign that your bladder doesn’t completely empty itself each time you use the bathroom.

While these urinary conditions are often embarrassing, there are treatments that can help. Once Dr. Lori identifies your type of urinary incontinence—and it may be a combination of more than one—she can also recommend remedies that address more serious underlying medical issues, and ultimately help improve the quality of your life.

Relief may be as simple as making lifestyle changes

If you experience urinary incontinence symptoms more days that not, examine your diet for foods, drinks, and lifestyle habits that could be exacerbating your problem and over stimulating your bladder, such as:

Additionally, if you take certain blood pressure medications or muscle relaxants, they could make you urinate more frequently, or create sudden urges that lead to bladder leakage.

If you have an underlying urinary tract infection (UTI), you’ll most likely need to take an antibiotic to treat it effectively. You can probably tell the difference between a UTI and incontinence, as UTIs often cause pain as well as frequent urges to urinate, and sometimes incontinence. With incontinence, you probably won’t have any pain, but you will have trouble controlling your bladder.

Advanced treatments can provide long-term relief

If Dr. Lori determines that there’s no underlying medical concern, but rather that your urinary incontinence is the result of weakened pelvic floor muscles from childbirth, after a hysterectomy, or as a result of aging, TempSure™ Vitalia treatments may offer long-term relief.

 

This state-of-the-art technology uses highly controlled radiofrequency energy to restore muscles in your pelvic floor, so you have a renewed ability to control urination. TempSure Vitalia is noninvasive and Dr. Lori performs it right in her office, so you can get back to your daily activities without downtime.

For more severe instances of urinary incontinence, a surgical procedure in which Dr. Lori inserts a sling to provide extra support for your bladder may be the ideal solution.

Beyond its embarrassing nature, you shouldn’t ignore urinary incontinence. Call Caring for Women’s Health to schedule an appointment or book online to get the help you need so you can live your life without worry.

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