Urinary Incontinence

Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Ocean, NJ & Howell, NJ

The ability to trust your own body is a luxury many people take for granted. At least one-quarter of men and women in the United States experience urinary incontinence at some point in their lives. At Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates in Ocean and Howell, New Jersey, experienced physicians help you regain the confidence lost from urinary incontinence. To learn more about your treatment options, call Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates or book an appointment online today.

Urinary Incontinence Q & A

What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control, which ranges in severity from minor leakage to a near constant urge to use the bathroom. While common among adults, urinary incontinence is embarrassing and isolating for many people.

Are there different types of urinary incontinence?

There are several different types of urinary incontinence. The most common are:

Urge incontinence

Patients with urge incontinence feel a sudden, intense urge to urinate, often during the night. This feeling is typically followed by an involuntary release of urine. Urge incontinence is often caused by an infection, neurological condition, or diabetes.

Stress incontinence

If you have stress incontinence, your bladder may leak when you sneeze, cough, laugh, exercise, or lift heavy objects.

Functional incontinence

This condition occurs when a mental or physical impairment, such as arthritis, prevents you from making it to the toilet or unbuttoning your pants in time.

Overflow incontinence

If you feel like your bladder never fully empties, resulting in a light dribbling of urine throughout the day, you may suffer from overflow incontinence.

Mixed incontinence

Patients with more than one type of incontinence have mixed incontinence.

What causes urinary incontinence?

While many people assume that only older adults experience urinary incontinence, there are a number of reasons you may suffer from the condition, including:

  • Alcohol intake
  • Caffeine consumption
  • Certain medications, such as muscle relaxants, blood pressure medication, and sedatives
  • Constipation
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Menopause
  • Hysterectomy
  • Enlarged prostate or prostate cancer
  • Certain neurological conditions

Urinary incontinence is often a symptom of an underlying condition. If you experience long-term incontinence, it’s important to contact the expert physicians at Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates to determine the root of your symptoms.

What are my urinary incontinence treatment options?

Depending on your unique case, your health care provider may recommend one or more of the following urinary incontinence treatments:

Diet changes

Your doctor may recommend a change in your diet and fluid intake to decrease your urinary incontinence symptoms.

Bladder training

Bladder training helps extend the time you can hold off urination, starting with small increments of time and working your way up.

Pelvic floor muscle exercises

Pelvic floor exercises help to strengthen and tighten your pelvic floor muscles, allowing you better control of your bladder.

Electrical stimulation

With this treatment, electrodes are temporarily placed inside your vagina or rectum to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.

Medication

Certain medications, such as Mirabegron (Myrbetriq), alpha blockers, anticholinergics, and topical estrogen are shown to improve urinary incontinence.

Surgery

There are several surgical procedures available to help you regain control of your bladder, depending on the severity of your case.

Urinary incontinence is nothing to be embarrassed about. The Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates team determines the cause of your condition and helps you regain control of your bladder. For more information, call or book an appointment online today.

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