Woodglen Medical Group
OB/GYNs located in Glendora, CA
Not having full control over your bladder is an embarrassing problem for many women, but it’s not something you have to simply endure. The expert OB/GYNs at Woodglen Medical Group in Glendora, California understand the effect incontinence has on women, both physically and emotionally. The clinic has an on-site medical urologist, with a specialty in interstitial cystitis, to help you regain control of your bladder. For bladder health and concerns, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
Urinary Incontinence Q & A
What is Incontinence?
Incontinence occurs when you don’t have full control over your bladder, whether you leak small amounts of urine from time to time or you can’t always make it to the bathroom due to an intense, urgent need to go.
Incontinence affects twice as many women as it does men due to the additional stress on your pelvic floor muscles from pregnancy and childbirth. This can weaken the muscles in your urinary tract, making it harder for you to have full control over your bladder.
What are the Types of Incontinence?
To help target your treatment, your doctor at Woodglen Medical Group categorizes your incontinence based on your symptoms. The most common types of incontinence include:
- Stress incontinence
- Urge incontinence or overactive bladder
- Overflow incontinence
- Functional incontinence
Most women have either stress incontinence, urge incontinence or a combination of both.
- Stress Incontinence: If you leak urine when you run or when you laugh too hard, you may have stress incontinence. This type of incontinence occurs when you put stress on your bladder, causing small amounts of urine to leak.
- Urge Incontinence: With urge incontinence, you experience a sudden and intense need to urinate that may cause you to leak urine before you reach the bathroom. It can be caused by an infection or a chronic condition such as diabetes.
How Can I Improve Bladder Control?
When it comes to gaining control over your bladder, you have many options and the urology experts at Woodglen Medical Group devise individualized treatment plans based on your incontinence type, the severity of your symptoms, and your current health.
Treatment may include:
- Behavioral changes
- Pelvic floor exercises
- Nerve stimulation
- Bulking agents to help keep your bladder or urethra closed
If conservative treatments fail to improve your incontinence, surgery may be recommended.
What is Interstitial Cystitis?
Interstitial cystitis is a chronic condition that causes you to feel bladder pressure and bladder pain, along with frequent urination.
Common symptoms of interstitial cystitis include:
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Regular and urgent need to urinate
- Pain with a full bladder that’s relieved after urination
- Pain during sexual intercourse
The medical urologist at Woodglen Medical Group specializes in interstitial cystitis and provides treatment to help manage your symptoms.
For incontinence and interstitial cystitis treatment, call Woodglen Medical Group or book an appointment online today.
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