Urinary incontinence occurs when an individual loses control of their bladder. The severity of this gynecological condition can vary from individual to individual. Urination urges can range from slight leakage to abrupt urges that are often completely uncontrollable. Urinary incontinence can cause significant changes and alterations to daily routines, leaving you with a lost sense of control.
Symptoms of Incontinence
Symptoms of this condition can vary and change depending on a number of factors. You may experience some of these symptoms, and feel like you are losing control of your bladder on a consistent basis. If this is the case and you want to regain control of your life, contact one of our gynecologists today.
- Urge- Unexpected urge to urinate, usually accompanied by the leaking of urine
- Stress– Stress on the bladder due to exercise, sitting in certain positions, coughing and laughing, causing urine to leak
- Functional- Psychological obstacles limiting the ability to urinate normally
- Overflow- The continual leaking of urine because of dysfunction in the bladder
- Mixed- Mixed incontinence can be a combination of any of these symptoms
Causes of Urinary Incontinence
Most people have experienced urinary incontinence on more than one occasion in their lifetime. Temporary incontinence is fairly common because of out of the ordinary circumstances that may influence normal bladder control. There are many things that can cause temporary urinary incontinence, such as:
- Stimulant drugs (including caffeine)
- Vitamin B & C
- Corn syrup
However, chronic urinary incontinence that affects an individual’s everyday life may have more complicated causes. Some causes of chronic incontinence are:
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Neurological Conditions
- Weak Pelvic Floor Muscles
There are multiple types of treatment for the above symptoms. Treatment is usually specific to dealing with the symptoms you are experiencing. Wake Women’s Health gynecology practice focuses on diagnosing the causes of your incontinence and treating your specific condition. Here are some treatment options we offer:
- Pelvic Floor Exercises
- Electrical Stimulation
- Nerve Stimulation
Who do I talk to?
If you are experiencing chronic urinary incontinence that is affecting your professional, social and private life, it may be time to contact a gynecologist. Our gynecologists at Wake Women’s Health are dedicated to working with you to determine the cause of your gynecological condition. Contact us today at our Raleigh, NC office to set up an appointment with one of our board certified gynecologists.