Urinary incontinence is one of those frustrating and embarrassing medical issues that can be difficult to bring up with your doctor. If you leak when you cough, laugh, sneeze, or when pressure is placed on your belly, you may be among many other women who experience urinary incontinence. This condition is known as “stress incontinence” and is actually very common. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, millions of women suffer from urinary incontinence.
Fortunately, there are also several ways your urogynecologist can address urinary incontinence. The kind of leakage associated with laughing, coughing, and sneezing can occur due to a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles. In some cases, the weakening of these muscles can also lead to bladder prolapse. Bladder prolapse occurs when the bladder descends from its normal position or shifts. This condition can be painful and can also lead to urinary incontinence.
Dr. Shakiba, at Women’s Pelvic Surgery, L.L.C. in Hackensack, New Jersey, offers a range of cutting edge treatments for bladder prolapse and urinary incontinence. Every case is unique and the treatment will depend on the severity of your symptoms and condition. However, if you are experiencing leakage, don’t suffer in silence. Speak to your urogynecologist today to learn more about your options. Some women can reduce their symptoms by performing exercises, while others might require surgical interventions.
What are some causes of urinary incontinence? According to Self, women can suffer from this condition if they have just experienced childbirth, undergone a hysterectomy, or have recently performed heavy lifting. Obesity, your age, and hormonal deficiencies can also affect your development of this condition. In other cases, women experience urinary incontinence due to an overactive bladder. In this case, women may experience a strong urge to urinate which can impact life activities. The urge to urinate can happen unexpectedly.
Urinary incontinence can impact your quality of life and can be embarrassing for some. The good news is that there are ways to treat this condition. Help is out there, but it is important to talk to your doctor.
So, how can you talk to your doctor about urinary incontinence? Many women feel embarrassed to speak up during their medical appointments, but you won’t be able to receive treatment unless you speak up. If you are having difficulty talking about urinary incontinence, you may want to reach out to a specialist who treats women experiencing the condition. Dr. Shakiba at Women’s Pelvic Surgery, L.L.C. in Hackensack, New Jersey is board certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery. When you visit your doctor, bring with you a list of questions and concerns. It is easy to forget everything you want to ask. You may want to start the conversation by asking about treatments and options or perhaps ask your doctor what kind of medical conditions can decrease bladder control. Remember that your doctor is a professional who is there to help you. Beginning a conversation about your health is the first step to healing.
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