Urinary incontinence is a problem that affects 13 million people across all ages and genders. While it impacts a multitude of people, urinary incontinence is more common in women and senior adults. It is an issue that is often temporary and can be caused by a range of underlying factors including congenital issues, obesity, urinary tract infections, prostate cancer, pelvic surgery, or trauma to the area. Incontinence includes urinary leakage, problems urinating, frequent urgent urination, and issues emptying the bladder completely. Embarrassment often prevents people from seeking help because they think it is a normal part of aging; however, most types of incontinence can be treated through a variety of methods. Read on the diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence below.
Urine collects in the bladder and is held there until urination. When a person urinates, the muscles of the bladder relax and release the urine. When bladder muscles are weakened, become too active, or become infected or injured, they may not perform properly. Some medications can also cause incontinence.
You may not notice incontinence right away because it can happen gradually over time. A urologist will discuss your symptoms with you and perform some simple tests to determine the cause of the incontinence. Diseases of the urinary tract, prolapse, surgery, injury, or central nervous system diseases can contribute to issues with urinary incontinence. Your physician will diagnose the issue and then recommend a customized treatment plan to resolve it.
Depending on the cause of urinary incontinence, one or more treatments may be appropriate. Treatment options include:
- Strengthening muscles
- Electronic stimulation
- Periodic catheterization
You and your physician can choose a treatment plan in order to treat the incontinence.
Successful treatment for incontinence will help you participate in life without embarrassment. With treatment, urinary incontinence can be managed and often cured completely. In fact, talking to your doctor about incontinence can help to alleviate underlying causes. Georgia Urology is a leader in the industry and can help you seek a solution for urinary incontinence. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.