You Are Not Alone
An estimated 25 million adults in the United States have symptoms of urinary incontinence. Unfortunately, many choose to suffer in silence because they’re embarrassed. But recent innovations in detection and treatment of the causes of incontinence should encourage sufferers to discuss the problem with their doctor.
Take the Urinary Incontinence Quiz
Learning about incontinence can give you the courage and understanding needed to bring the subject up with your health care provider.
Seek Help for a Leaky Bladder
Millions of women let urinary incontinence limit their lives. Up to 25 million Americans have leaky bladders, and at least four out of five are women, according to the National Association for Continence (NAFC). Learn more . . .
According to the National Association For Continence (NAFC), about 80 percent of people with urinary incontinence can be cured or their condition can be improved. Treatment depends on what is causing the problem and what type of incontinence you have. Kegel exercises and bladder training help some types of incontinence, while medicine and surgery are other options.
Types of Incontinence
There are 4 types of urinary incontinence.
Stress incontinence is when urine leaks because of sudden pressure on your lower stomach muscles, such as when you cough or exercise.
Urge incontinence occurs when the need to urinate comes on too fast – before you can get to a toilet.
Overflow incontinence is a constant dripping of urine that’s caused by an overfilled bladder.
Functional incontinence occurs when you have normal urine control but have trouble getting to the bathroom in time.
When is Surgery The Answer?
Some women benefit from pelvic reconstruction, a surgical procedure to repair prolapse and relieve its symptoms. It’s often performed vaginally, and it involves the use of an implant to reinforce the strength of your weakened tissues. To find out more about pelvic reconstruction designed to correct pelvic organ prolapse, click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
Proper evaluation is critical. One of the tools that can be use to evaluate the cause of your symptoms is urodynamic testing. Urodynamic testing is used to measure volumes and pressure in the bladder so doctors can see how it fills up and empties. Because there are several different kinds of urodynamic tests, your doctor will determine which test will diagnose your specific problem.
Take a brief questionnaire and we will contact you to discuss if urodynamic testing would be beneficial for you.
Although not new to the medical field, urodynamic testing is new to the Cy Fair area. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital recently began offering this new evaluation technique and your physician can discuss if this new testing is right for you.
Looking for the right doctor? Call 1-800-681-2733 today.