Urinary Incontinence: You Have Treatment Options
Urinary incontinence is defined as the involuntary loss of urine. Different factors can contribute to urinary incontinence, including menopause, pregnancy, childbirth, and the natural aging process.
Many women feel embarrassed about urinary incontinence. Trying to hide the problem can feel miserable, especially since the problem often worsens without treatment.
But there’s good news: There are now a variety of innovative treatments available, so you need not suffer in silence. At the OB/GYN practice of Dr. Chadi Haddad, in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, you’ll find a variety of effective treatment options.
Chadi Haddad, DO, will always approach your urinary incontinence with compassion. They provide individualized treatment for each woman. Here’s what you need to know about urinary incontinence and your treatment options.
When to seek treatment for urinary incontinence
Are you wondering whether you need treatment? You’re not alone. About 50% of women are living with urinary incontinence today.
To know when it’s time to seek treatment for urinary incontinence, you first need to know a bit about the types and symptoms. Urinary incontinence can look and feel different for each woman based on what type she has. The main forms of urinary incontinence are:
Stress incontinence happens when you leak urine following pressure on your bladder. Some common triggers include coughing, strenuous exercise, or laughing hard.
Urge incontinence happens when you experience a very sudden urge to urinate. When the urge hits so suddenly, it can be hard or impossible to fully hold your urine until you reach the toilet, so you can leak urine.
Overflow incontinence is a less common type of urinary incontinence in which you’re unable to completely empty your bladder when you go to the bathroom. This can lead to leakage of the urine still left in your bladder.
If you have the symptoms of any of these types of incontinence and find that it disrupts your social schedule, causes you to be less active overall, or puts you at risk for injury as you try to rush to the bathroom, it’s time to seek help.
Urinary incontinence treatment options
At Dr. Haddad’s office, we offer a complete spectrum of urinary incontinence treatments that can help with all types of urinary incontinence, such as:
Pelvic floor therapy for urinary incontinence
Pelvic floor therapy strengthens the muscles that control urine flow and improves their function, which can significantly reduce accidental urine loss.
Medication for urinary incontinence
There are many medications for urinary urge incontinence and some that treat overflow incontinence as well. Topical estrogen may help strengthen and restore urethral and vaginal tissues to reduce stress incontinence.
Vaginal sling for urinary incontinence
A vaginal sling procedure involves placing a band of mesh under your urethra and securing it in place there. This mesh works like a hammock to support your urethra and bladder neck, which reduces stress urinary incontinence. Vaginal sling procedures are performed under local anesthesia as outpatient surgeries.
Each of these approaches can offer dramatic relief for urinary incontinence. We’re happy to explain all your options and help you choose the right approach.
You don’t have to suffer in silence for another day. Call our office or click the online scheduling feature to contact us now.
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