Urinary incontinence is a common and treatable condition that affects more than half of women. Safieh Javid, ARNP, and the team at All Female Health Care diagnose urinary incontinence and provide several treatments that effectively stop incontinence and help you return to an active lifestyle without embarrassing urine leakage. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Sunrise, Florida, or use the online booking feature today.
You have urinary incontinence when you accidentally and uncontrollably leak urine. Some women have mild incontinence and release a small amount. Others have a more serious problem that results in emptying their bladder.
Urinary incontinence is caused by three key problems: You may have overactive muscles in your bladder, weak pelvic floor muscles, or damage to the nerves that communicate between your bladder and brain.
Your pelvic floor muscles hold your uterus and bladder in place. They also control the release of urine. These muscles stretch and weaken because of pregnancy, vaginal deliveries, hormone changes, and age-related muscle loss.
There are three primary types of urinary incontinence, but you can have mixed incontinence, which means you have stress and urge incontinence.
The following three types of urinary incontinence only improve with treatment. However, you can have a temporary case of urinary incontinence when foods, drinks, or medications irritate or stimulate your bladder.
Stress incontinence is the most common type of urinary incontinence in women. This type causes urine leakage when you put pressure on your abdomen. Leakage often occurs when you cough, sneeze, laugh, or lift a heavy object. Weak pelvic floor muscles are the top cause of stress incontinence.
Urge incontinence occurs when a sudden, uncontrollable need to urinate leads to leaking. Nerve problems, urinary tract infections, diabetes, and hormone changes often cause an overactive bladder.
Urine leaks out when your bladder is too full. Overflow incontinence typically develops because of weak bladder muscles, nerve damage, or a blockage like bladder stones.
In addition to reviewing your symptoms and performing an exam, your provider may run diagnostic tests such as a urinalysis, ultrasound imaging, or urodynamic testing. Urodynamic testing provides information about your urine flow and the amount of urine left in your bladder after urinating.
Your provider creates a customized treatment plan based on the type, severity, and cause of your urinary incontinence. Your treatment may include one of several therapies such as:
Most women improve with these treatments. If you don't get better, your provider may recommend surgery to reinforce your pelvic floor muscles.
If you need help with urinary incontinence, call All Female Health Care, or book an appointment online today.