It’s not uncommon to have some leakage as you get older, but it’s not something you have to live with. You may be able to deal with small leakages, but over time it can become more severe. Urinary incontinence can range from manageable leaks that are absorbed with a panty liner to urges to go to the bathroom that are so strong, you can’t make it to the restroom in time.
The doctors at Green Valley can’t be sure what’s behind your incontinence without thorough examination and testing, known as urodynamics. During such testing, the doctors exam the function of your bladder, sphincters, and urethra. You’re usually a candidate for such testing if you have:
The tests ordered depends on your symptoms and severity of incontinence. The doctors can evaluate how much urine your bladder holds, if it empties completely, if it’s got a leaky release valve, and if you’ve got a normal flow rate. The tests are usually minimally invasive, involving a catheter or ultrasound. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of measuring the pace and volume of flow.
Treatment, of course, depends on the underlying cause. The doctors at Green Valley OB/GYN can help you modify your behavior and offer medications to ease urinary incontinence. Simple actions, such as learning to completely empty your bladder or scheduling regular trips to the restroom, are often recommended first as they are easiest to implement.
The staff may also teach you specific pelvic floor exercises to strengthen the small muscles that control urge and flow to help you gain more control. If necessary, oral or topical medications may be prescribed to help you control feelings of urgency and relax the bladder muscle. Injections of botox or a bulking agent are also sometimes used. In some cases, the doctors may recommend a medical implant or surgery to correct the problem. Slings and prolapsed surgery are examples.
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