An estimated 25 million Americans suffer from incontinence, which is an inability to control your bladder. This condition can be incredibly stressful and can also be a source of embarrassment. There is no need to continue living with incontinence when there are safe and effective treatment options available. Dr. Michael Trotter, Andrew Barger, APRN, and the team at Midtown Urology Associates in Austin, Texas, can help you find relief from this condition and a return to normal, healthy urinary function. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today.
There are several different ways that incontinence can manifest. Some of the more common types include:
People with stress incontinence have difficulty holding their urine when physical activity strains their bladder. Things as simple as coughing, laughing, running, or sneezing can lead to urinary leakage.
This type of incontinence occurs when your bladder becomes so full that urine leaks out.
Urge incontinence creates a sudden and urgent need to urinate.
People with limited mobility often experience incontinence, merely because they can’t reach the bathroom before the need to urinate overwhelms them.
Several things can play a role in developing incontinence. Some of the more common causes include:
Additionally, certain medications, food, and beverages can increase your risk of incontinence.
Treating incontinence begins by identifying the cause. Your doctor at Midtown Urology Associates works with you to gather information and screening results that help determine the underlying condition.
Certain prescription medications can assist with urinary incontinence, but carry a risk of side effects. Devices such as a pessary ring can help women who suffer from involuntary urination.
Bladder training can also be effective, as can Kegel exercises that strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Even biofeedback and nerve stimulation can assist in regaining control over your urinary habits.
If these approaches are unsuccessful, surgical options can help with incontinence. In one procedure, a small mesh ribbon is implanted to serve as a “sling” that supports and holds your bladder in the proper position.
The most critical step in treating urinary incontinence is to seek medical assistance. Midtown Urology Associates has a team of highly skilled specialists who can help you overcome all types of incontinence, and get you back into your daily routines.
To learn more about how Midtown Urology Associates can help you with your incontinence, schedule an appointment online or call the office.