Urinary Incontinence Doesn't Need to be Part of Your Life: These Are Your Treatment Options

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Leaking urine when you cough or laugh is a common problem among women who have given birth. For most, it’s usually a temporary problem that clears up in the weeks and months following childbirth. Some women, however, experience urinary incontinence at different times of their lives and with other contributing factors.

However, there’s no need to live with bladder leakage and its potentially embarrassing consequences. Dr. Srisawai Pattamakom at Ideal Women’s Health Specialists is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence. Depending on the reason for your condition, you have a range of options to help you to take control again.

The types of urinary incontinence

There are four types of bladder control problem, and they can exist separately or in combination. The severity of each may also vary in frequency and in the amount of urine lost during an episode. These four types are:

Reasons behind urinary incontinence

An important distinction is that bladder leakage is a symptom, not a disease or disorder itself. Because urinary incontinence has many underlying causes, it may be difficult to diagnose in some cases. Common causes include;

Treatment options for bladder leakage

Generally, treatment of urinary incontinence starts conservatively and progresses until leakage is no longer an issue. Depending on the type of incontinence you experience, changing your urination habits may help. This can include bladder training, deliberately urinating again after a few minutes, altering your food and drink patterns, or scheduling toilet breaks without necessarily feeling an urge.

Kegel exercises help during and after pregnancy and may improve muscle tone for those with age-related incontinence issues. Hormonal therapy, often in the form of topical ointments, can improve conditions for post-menopausal women. In extreme cases, minimally invasive surgery to implant a bladder support sling can restore proper operation of the urethral sphincter.

Regardless of the type and severity of the incontinence issue you have, Dr. Pattamakom and her team at Ideal Women’s Health Specialists can help you recover your bladder control. Call the office today or send them a message on the website anytime to schedule your initial consultation.

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