More than 70% of the 25 million Americans adults who live with urinary incontinence are women. At Holistic OB/GYN & Midwifery in Clifton, New Jersey, Paola Escobar, MSN, CNM, and her team of midwives offer compassionate and discreet diagnosis and treatment for urinary incontinence. If you leak urine when you cough, sneeze or laugh, call Holistic OB/GYN & Midwifery or make an appointment online today.
Urinary incontinence occurs when you aren’t able to control your bladder and unintentionally release urine. The two most common types of incontinence are stress incontinence and an overactive bladder.
Stress incontinence develops when the muscles and tissues that support your bladder and urethra weaken. As a result, when your bladder is stressed, for example, if you cough or sneeze, the pressure pushes a little bit of urine out of your body.
An overactive bladder, sometimes called urge incontinence, is when you experience sudden and uncontrollable urges to urinate. You may be able to get to a bathroom in time but will typically urinate more than eight times a day. You also may not actually release much urine when you go.
Weakness in your pelvic floor causes stress incontinence. Women are particularly susceptible to stress incontinence because of their anatomy. Pregnancy and childbirth put a significant amount of physical strain on your pelvic floor, which can stretch and weaken the muscles.
Additionally, when your estrogen levels decrease with menopause, you may develop a condition known as vaginal atrophy. Vaginal atrophy causes the tissues in your vaginal walls to become thin, dry, and weak, which reduces the support available to your bladder and urethra.
Urge incontinence is often due to nerve damage that over-stimulates your bladder. Other factors that contribute to incontinence include being overweight and drinking too much caffeine or alcohol.
The team at Holistic OB/GYN & Midwifery begin treatment with a comprehensive exam and testing to diagnose your specific type of incontinence. Your practitioner may request that you keep a bladder diary and may order a urinalysis to check for signs of other conditions that could cause your symptoms.
Once your practitioner understands your condition, they work with you to find effective therapies. In addition to practicing physical therapy like Kegels and bladder training exercises, your practitioner may also recommend lifestyle changes such as adjusting your diet and fluid intake to improve your health while also reducing your symptoms.
Don’t let urinary incontinence disrupt your life. Call Holistic OB/GYN & Midwifery or make an appointment online today to get the expert help you need to regain control of your bladder.