Urinary incontinence is an issue that women of all ages may experience. It does not have to be embarrassing or inconvenient. Our office offers cutting-edge medical and surgical treatment options to get you back to enjoying your life. The term urinary incontinence refers to the loss of bladder control or the leaking of urine. It is a common issue among women, but it’s also something that is completely treatable with the right care.
What is Urinary Incontinence?
Made by the kidneys, urine is stored in the bladder which has muscles that tighten whenever you need to urinate. When those muscles tighten, the urine is forced from your bladder into a tube called the urethra. When your bladder muscles suddenly tighten, incontinence can occur. You will experience a very strong and sudden urge to urinate that’s not always possible to control. In some cases, you will feel pressure caused by sneezing, laughing, or even exercising which can cause the urine to leak. It may also occur if you have any issues with the nerves that control your bladder or urethra. You may leak a small amount of urine, or you could leak a lot of it all at once, which can be uncomfortable and embarrassing.
Urinary Incontinence in Women
The issue of urinary incontinence is quite common in women thanks to many unique health-related incidents like pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause. These events can affect the urinary tract and the surrounding muscles known as pelvic muscles. These muscles support your bladder, urethra, uterus, and bowels. Over time, they could become damaged or weak, making them work harder to hold urine. When you have additional stress or pressure on these muscles, urinary incontinence is likely to occur. Excess consumption of caffeine, certain medications, and infection are some factors that can make urinary incontinence worse.
There are several options for treatment, and many women think incontinence is something that they have to live with or have surgery to correct. That is not always the case. At Eagle’s Landing, we offer in-office therapy that can strengthen the pelvic floor. When the muscles of the pelvic floor are strengthened, you will gain better control over the problem. With some time and patience, your symptoms should lessen and you can continue to go about your daily life without the worry or stress that urinary incontinence can bring.