You expected some of the changes that came with aging, like wrinkles and sore joints. Others are discussed less frequently. But don’t let embarrassment about urinary incontinence keep you from getting the treatment you need to improve your quality of life. At Capital Women’s Care in Fairfax, Manassas, and Haymarket, Virginia, the experienced OB/GYN team offers a range of treatments. Get started with yours by calling the office nearest you or requesting your appointment online.
Urinary incontinence is a condition that affects more women than you might expect. By the time women reach age 65, about 40% are affected by urinary incontinence.
This condition causes the accidental leakage of urine, often at the least ideal times. If you lose control of your bladder, either sporadically or on a regular basis, you’re living with urinary incontinence.
This condition is significantly more common in women than in men. That’s thanks, in large part, to the fact that the pelvic organs in a woman’s body go through significant changes during pregnancy and menopause.
There are multiple kinds of urinary incontinence. Capital Women’s Care treats women living with:
This is incontinence that occurs when your bladder is under pressure, such as when you cough, laugh, pick up something heavy, or sneeze. The added pressure on your bladder forces urine through your urethra, causing leakage.
An inability to empty your bladder can lead to it being overfilled, causing urine to leak out.
This type of incontinence is characterized by a sudden, urgent need to use the restroom, often followed immediately by leakage. Urge incontinence can get in the way of your sleep.
It’s possible to be affected by more than one type of urinary incontinence at once. In these cases, you’re living with mixed incontinence.
Fortunately, whichever type of urinary incontinence affects you, treatment is available from the dedicated team at Capital Women’s Care.
It depends on your type of urinary incontinence, your body, and your lifestyle preferences. For some women, incontinence is easily managed by wearing liners or adult diapers.
Additionally, catheters and external collection systems are available. These can be particularly helpful if your incontinence gets in the way of your ability to get a good night’s sleep.
In many cases, pelvic floor physical therapy can help strengthen your pelvic muscles, giving you better control over your bladder. Capital Women’s Care specializes in this type of physical therapy, helping women improve their urinary incontinence without the need for any medications or procedures.
To learn more about your urinary incontinence treatment options, call Capital Women’s Care or request your appointment online today.