How to Overcome Urinary Incontinence

Millions of women experience the frustrating symptoms of bladder control loss, known medically as urinary incontinence. Not knowing where or when it will strike can interfere with your daily life and make planning difficult.

While urinary incontinence happens to both men and women, it’s more common in women and is also common during pregnancy. Your OB/GYN is an excellent resource when it comes to learning how you can take back some control and get relief from unpredictable leaks.

Urinary Incontinence 101

If you’ve ever experienced urinary incontinence, you’re likely familiar with the scenario of enjoying a day out socializing, then coughing or laughing and suddenly feeling your bladder give way to leakage.

Stress incontinence is the most common type of bladder control loss. Weak bladder muscles are the primary culprit. When you laugh, cough, or sneeze, the muscles surrounding the bladder fail to work properly, allowing urine to escape.

Urge incontinence is another type of UI that involves the sudden and urgent need to empty your bladder. Both types of UI are manageable.

Pregnancy and weight gain are just two reasons the muscles surrounding the bladder may become weak. The good news is, you aren’t powerless against bladder leakage.

Taking Back Control

At OB/GYN Care of Houston, we help patients overcome urinary incontinence and get back to life. Here are some of the treatments we recommend:

Pelvic floor exercises

Exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles are the most conservative approach to urinary incontinence. This is an appropriate option if you have a mild case of UI. Performing pelvic floor exercises involves squeezing the muscles beneath the bladder and bowel and holding the contraction for a few seconds before releasing and repeating.

These are the muscles that control urine flow. To easily locate these muscles, sit on the toilet to urinate and then squeeze to stop the flow. Like other muscles in your body, exercising these pelvic floor muscles helps make them stronger, and stronger pelvic muscles help reduce involuntary bladder leakage.

Botox Injections

Your provider performs a thorough evaluation to determine the best course of action for your case of urinary incontinence. If appropriate, you may have the option to utilize Botox injections to calm your bladder and control leakage. In many patients, Botox treatment greatly reduces UI episodes and improves quality of life significantly. Ask your provider about Botox if you have moderate to severe UI.

Medication

If necessary, a variety of medication options are available to help you gain control over your bladder. For patients with urge incontinence, medication that relaxes your bladder muscles can help rein in the urge to urinate. Other types of medication improve symptoms by increasing the amount of urine your bladder can hold. Your provider helps you decide which medication is most appropriate to control your UI symptoms.

 

Don’t let sudden bladder leakage or the frequent urge to urinate control your life. Left untreated UI can become more severe and significantly impair your quality of life. For diagnosis and management of your UI symptoms, call OB/GYN Care of Houston or book your appointment online.

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