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Posts for category: Urinary Incontinence

By Greater Austin Urology
December 17, 2018

Find out the treatment options we offer for handling bladder control issues.

Experiencing problems with bladder control is very common and there are many things that could be causing this issue. According to a urinary incontinencerecent U.S. survey, the National Poll on Healthy Aging report, “43% of 50- to 64-year-olds said they suffered from incontinence, as did 51% of those 65 and older.”  Some people only notice mild occurrences, while others may experience sudden and intense urges to go to the bathroom that disrupt their day. While urinary incontinence, to some degree, is common as we get older, it’s important to know when this issue warrants a trip to see urologist Dr. Lucas Jacomides at Greater Austin Urology in Austin, TX.

Did you know that there are different kinds of urinary incontinence? While the occasional small leak is more common, others may notice more urine loss than usual, which can be a sign that something is wrong. Types of urinary incontinence include:

  • Stress-induced: episodes triggered by coughing, sneezing, laughing, and exercise
  • Urge: The intense need to urinate or urge to urinate may also be followed by a leak.
  • Overflow: If your bladder doesn’t fully empty, this could lead to urinary leakage.
  • Functional: Sometimes everything is working properly within the bladder, but unfortunately certain physical impairments make it challenging to get to the bathroom in time, which leads to loss of bladder control.
  • Mixed: This happens if you experience more than one type of urinary incontinence.

Should I see a doctor?

Of the women who participated in the recent U.S. survey, "nearly half of women over age 50 report bladder leakage and many say it’s a major problem for them, yet two-thirds of the women who experience leakage haven’t spoken to a doctor about the problem.”  If you are like them, you may feel like it isn't a big problem or may be embarrassed about bringing it up. While we know that no one likes talking about issues such as this one, it’s important to understand that this is a common issue among older women and that this doctor has heard it all before. Plus, if you are dealing with any changes in your bowel habits, it’s important that you visit our Austin urology specialist to find out what might be going on. While not usually serious, there can be a serious reason why this is happening, so it’s important to have the issue addressed. 

 

What could be causing my urinary incontinence?

This symptom can be brought on by either temporary or permanent factors.

Temporary factors include:

  • Consuming certain foods and drinks (e.g., alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods)
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Constipation

Persistent factors include:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Age
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Prostate cancer
  • Hysterectomy
  • Menopause
  • Neurological disorders

How is urinary incontinence treated?

How we treat the issue will really depend on the cause of your urinary leakage. Sometimes several treatments will be recommended. These include: 

  • Behavioral therapy (e.g., bladder training, diet management)
  • Pelvic floor exercises (to strengthen pelvic floor muscles)
  • Medication
  • Medical devices
  • Surgery

We will talk with you during your evaluation of your treatment options so you can make the most informed decision regarding your care.

Are you dealing with urinary incontinence or other bladder issues? If so, then it’s time you got some answers. You shouldn't have to feel restricted due to this condition. Call Dr. Lucas Jacomides at Greater Austin Urology in Austin, TX at (512) 540-3937 today to schedule an evaluation.



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