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Everything You Need To Know About Urinary Incontinence

What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is a common condition in which urine involuntarily leaks out of your body. It may happen occasionally or become a more severe problem in which you frequently experience sudden urination before you have a chance to make it to a restroom.

There are two main types of urinary incontinence. Stress incontinence causes sudden leakage of urine when you cough, laugh, or sneeze, or during exercise. Urge incontinence makes you feel a sudden, desperate need for the bathroom and an inability to hold your urine.

Incontinence can be both inconvenient and embarrassing. You might feel you can't go out or lead a normal life because of the constant worry about urinary leakage.

What causes urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence isn't an illness but is a symptom caused by underlying issues. Mild cases may occur, or more severe cases may worsen, because of foods or drinks that increase urine volume such as:

Urinary tract infections and constipation may also trigger urinary incontinence. Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, a hysterectomy, an obstruction in the urinary tract, or diseases such as Parkinson's disease may cause persistent flare-ups.

How is urinary incontinence diagnosed?

To diagnose the cause of your urinary incontinence, Dr. Oloufa at West Orange Women’s Care performs a basic incontinence work-up. She conducts a physical examination, discusses your current symptoms, and refers to your medical history for information on your general health.

Urine tests (urinalysis) show urinary tract infections (UTIs) and indicators of health problems like blood in your urine.

Another option is the post-void residual measurement in which an ultrasound test measures how much urine remains in your bladder from a sample.

If these tests are inconclusive, pelvic ultrasound or urodynamic testing may be necessary.

How is urinary incontinence treated?

Lifestyle changes such as avoiding trigger foods or beverages, doing Kegel (pelvic floor) exercises to tighten your bladder muscles, and performing bladder training exercises can help manage the urinary incontinence symptoms.

There are also non-surgical solutions for urinary incontinence that require no downtime and are extremely effective. Among them is Alma™ FemiLift Pixel CO2 System, an in-office laser treatment that improves urethral integrity. Platelet-rich plasma therapy may also help urinary incontinence.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Oloufa explains your options, and together you decide which plan best suits your needs and lifestyle.

For effective solutions to urinary incontinence, call West Orange Women's Care today or book an appointment online. 

Be Well,

The Staff at West Orange Women’s Center

Serving the Ocoee, Winter Garden, Winderere, FL areas

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