Being unable to control your bladder is a very common problem, also known as incontinence. It can be frustrating, embarrassing, and not a topic many people tend to talk about.
Treatment is available. The team of experts at Crossing Rivers Health Center for Specialty Care can help. Complete the short appointment request form or call 608.357.2525 to schedule an appointment.
Female Urinary Incontinence
Millions of women have sudden urine loss or stress urinary incontinence. The condition causes them to leak urine when they laugh, sneeze, cough, or during exercise. Although so many women experience sudden urine loss, most women are not aware that it is a treatable condition. Women may suffer in silence and put off activities that they enjoy.
Female stress urinary incontinence is caused in part by an improperly functioning urethra. Unlike other types of incontinence, stress urinary incontinence is not a problem of the bladder.
Normally, the urethra maintains a tight seal to prevent involuntary loss of urine. In a woman with stress urinary incontinence, muscle and pelvic tissue weakened by childbirth or other causes, are unable to adequately support the urethra in its correct position. As a result, when pressure is exerted on the bladder from the diaphragm during sudden movements, the urethra cannot maintain its seal and urine escapes.
Patients choosing surgical treatment may be able to go home as early as a few hours after the procedure with only a two-three week recovery period. During the procedure, mesh is woven through pelvic tissue and positioned underneath the urethra, creating a supportive sling. When pressure is exerted, the tape provides the support needed to allow the urethra to maintain its seal. All medical procedures present benefits as well as some risks.
You do not need to suffer from urinary incontinence.
Male Urinary Incontinence
Incontinence in men can be caused by a number of factors including:
- Diseases or medical conditions such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, cancer and bladder infections.
- Some medicines, such as diuretics, pain pills, sedatives or cold remedies.
- Changes with age. Aging of the bladder muscle can decrease the bladder's capacity to store urine. Also, involuntary bladder contractions become more frequent as you get older.
- Conditions such as arthritis, which can make it difficult to reach a bathroom in time.
- Buildup of stool in your bowels.
- An enlarged prostate gland or the effects of prostate surgery.
- Prostate cancer
Treatment is available for male incontinence. Make an appointment with the expert urology team at Crossing Rivers Health Center for Specialty Care. Together, the team has over 60 years of experience working with patients of all ages and successfully treating urologic conditions.