Leaking urine, having to urinate frequently, and enduring other symptoms of urinary incontinence are not just the necessary consequences of aging or childbirth, nor are they trivial. Patients who experience bladder control problems should not allow embarrassment to cause them to avoid getting help with incontinence problems. There are answers and a doctor can help.
There are several reasons that incontinence may require medical attention. Some individuals withdraw from interaction with others and limit their physical activity because of this common problem. Incontinence should never be ignored as it can sometimes be the result a more serious underlying medical condition, such as diabetes or kidney disease.
As people age, they generally have to urinate more frequently and occasional incidents do not generally require medical care. However, when a person’s quality of life is affected, they should consider medical help. A doctor can help if someone:
Prepare a Bladder Diary - The doctor often suggests a patient keeps a bladder diary in order to track information. A detailed, day-to-day record of urinary symptoms helps determine the causes of a patient’s bladder problems and needed treatments.
Medical History - An office visit is most productive when a patient can provide a detailed medical history.
The doctor usually recommends patients begin suggesting keeping a schedule for when to drink fluids and use the bathroom and lifestyle changes, such as Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvis and train the bladder. Medications help some women but surgery is the often the best option for others. What is best for each patient depends on the severity and type of bladder control problem being treated. FemCare OB-GYN also offers the Bladder Health Program as well as Pelvic Physical Therapy.
At FemCare OB-GYN, our doctors offer a comprehensive pelvic floor rehabilitation program. Patients will see a specially trained physical therapist with expertise in pelvic floor therapy. Patients will undergo between 6-12 pain-free sessions lasting from 20-30 minutes designed to treat stress urinary incontinence and overactive bladder symptoms. Patients can have excellent results in improving or reversing these urinary problems, often allowing them to avoid surgery or long term use of medications and their side effects.
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