About 30% of women age 30-60 worry about controlling their urine while laughing, coughing, and sneezing. Michelle Berry, DO, at Medical Center West in Boerne, Texas, offers evaluation and treatment for urinary incontinence that allows you to go through your day without preparing for a leak. To explore your treatment options for urinary incontinence, call Medical Center West, or book your appointment online today.
Urinary incontinence is the weakening of your urinary sphincter until you can no longer hold in urine. Throughout your day, you urinate a little bit at a time without intending to. If you’re incontinent, your condition can easily turn into an embarrassing moment.
Urinary incontinence is much more common in women than men. It is also more common in elderly people because it tends to develop as you age and your bladder and sphincter weaken. Thankfully, urinary incontinence is an easily manageable issue with several available treatments at Medical Center West.
A few conditions, like pregnancy, recent childbirth, or old age, can cause or speed up the development of urinary incontinence. There are several types of urinary incontinence, and your type depends on the underlying cause. They are:
Stress incontinence is a common type. In this case, your urine leaks when you place stress on your bladder. It happens when you cough, sneeze, laugh, or lift heavy objects.
Urge incontinence happens when you feel the strong need to urinate and immediately have an accident. It often comes with minor infections, like urinary tract infections, or with long-term conditions like Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis.
Functional incontinence happens when you have a physical or mental condition that stops you from being able to get to the bathroom in time when you need to go.
In these cases, your urinary system functions properly, but you’re unaware that you need to go or you have a condition like arthritis that makes you take extra time to make it to the toilet.
Overflow incontinence happens when you don’t completely empty your bladder, causing you to leak when you’re not thinking about it. This type is more common in men because it is often caused by an enlarged prostate partially blocking your urinary tract.
You might experience a combination of two or more of these types of incontinence, which is called mixed incontinence.
If you’re incontinent, you likely want to do more than manage your incontinence with absorbent pads and other preparations for an accident.
At Medical Center West, you can get treatment for your incontinence with TempSure™ Vitalia, an innovative device that tightens your pelvic muscles with gentle heat energy.
No matter the cause of your urinary incontinence, a treatment plan can help you live life with less worry. To explore treatments for urinary incontinence, call Medical Center West, or book your appointment online today.