Urinary Incontinence Specialist Questions and Answers
Urinary incontinence can happen to anyone, due to many circumstances; however, you do not need to go through it alone or at all. Our urinary incontinence specialists provide top-quality treatments to help you. For more information, call us today or visit us online to book an appointment.
Table of Contents:
What is urinary incontinence?
What causes urinary incontinence?
What are the symptoms of urinary incontinence?
How is urinary incontinence treated?
Urinary incontinence is the loss of an individual’s bladder control, and is quite common, but can become quite embarrassing for the individual who has to deal with it. How severe the urinary incontinence can be will range from occasional leaking when you cough or sneeze to having an immediate urge to urinate that can become so severe and strong that it causes issues when trying to make it to the toilet on time.
Urinary incontinence is often seen in older individuals, as it is a consequence of aging, as well as women who have given birth vaginally, as the vaginal walls have relaxed and stretched out over the term of carrying the baby, and giving birth.
Urinary incontinence is caused by everyday issues like underlying medical conditions as well as physical problems. A thorough evaluation done by Dr. Michelle Trandai can help to determine the ultimate cause of your urinary incontinence.
– Temporary Incontinence
The cause of temporary incontinence can include certain drinks, foods, as well as medications that may act as a stimulant to try and empty your bladder which increases the volume of urine which is not normal, a few of the items that may cause temporary incontinence include:
– Sparkling Water
– Carbonated Drinks
– Artificial Sweeteners
– Spicy, Sugary, or Citrus/Acidic Foods
– Chili Peppers
– Heart and Blood Medications
– Large Doses of Vitamin C
– Sedatives and Muscle Relaxants
– Persistent Urinary Incontinence
Underlying physical issues or physical changes can often cause persistent urinary incontinence, including:
– Prostate Cancer
– Enlarged Prostate
– Neurological Disorders
A few common signs and symptoms of urinary incontinence may include:
– Urine leakage when you cough, sneeze, laugh, or exercise
– A sudden urge or uncontrollable urge to urinate
– Frequent urination
– Waking up throughout the night to urinate
– Accidently urinating while you sleep
Treatment options for urinary incontinence will largely depend on the type of incontinence you are diagnosed with, as well as how severe the symptoms are, and if there are any underlying causes that may come into play. With urinary incontinence and the issues behind it, a combination of treatments may be necessary to provide relief. If you have any underlying conditions that may be causing urinary incontinence, Dr. Michelle Trandai will focus on treating the condition first and foremost, there may be behavioral techniques the doctor may use in certain situations including:
– Bladder Training
– Double Voiding
– Scheduling Toilet Trips
– Fluid and Diet Management
A great way to help strengthen the muscles and control your urinary incontinence is by doing pelvic floor exercises. The pelvic floor exercise techniques are useful and helpful for training stress incontinence.
Most often than not, medications will be prescribed to help treat urinary incontinence. There are several different types of medications available that may be prescribed, each different medication can help different types of urinary incontinence.
Another method to temporarily stimulate the pelvic floor muscles is electrical stimulation. Medical devices including a urethral insert and the pessary were created as a means to help women who are dealing with urinary incontinence.
Depending on the severity of your urinary incontinence, surgery may be an option, especially if all other treatments options failed. Surgery is considered one of the last treatment options available.
Urinary incontinence can be embarrassing and uncomfortable to deal with, if you are dealing with this, reach out to our clinic to book an appointment. For many, urinary incontinence can be treated with a simple lifestyle or dietary change, while others may need prescriptions or surgery. We serve patients from Chicago IL, Evanston IL, Ravenswood IL, Uptown IL, Lake View IL, Lincoln Park IL, Buena Park IL, Bowmanville IL, Boystown IL, and Roscoe Village, IL.