Many women leak when they exercise, cough, laugh, or sneeze, which put extra pressure on the bladder
Pregnancy or being overweight puts extra pressure on the bladder and pelvic floor muscles
Muscle spasms often cause overactive bladder
Damage to the bladder can also cause overactive bladder. Diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis may cause the nerve damage that leads to an overactive bladder
If the pelvic muscles weaken or the ligaments stretch too far, the uterus can slip out of its normal position, causing pelvic prolapse
Treatment options vary depending on what’s causing your urinary incontinence. Dr. Salom and Dr. Tangir will start with easy at-home modifications and then try other noninvasive treatments first before resorting to surgery.
Urinary incontinence treatment includes:
Dr. Salom or Dr. Tangir may recommend pelvic floor exercises for women who have recently had a baby or have weak bladder muscles. Kegels may also help women with stress incontinence.
Tracking your urination habits may help you identify triggers of your incontinence. After you figure out your habits, you can try retraining your bladder with timed urination.
Certain medication may help tame the muscle spasms that cause overactive bladder. Estrogen replacement therapy helps swell the urethra to keep urine from leaking.
Electrical impulses may improve bladder function that has been disrupted by nerve damage. The electric currents may help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and encourage proper nerve function.
Other common treatment methods include:
If urinary incontinence interferes with daily living or causes embarrassment, you don’t have to just “live with it.” You can use absorbent pads and try behavioral modifications to see if they help. But if you have major incontinence issues and home treatments don’t work, call the office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Salom or Dr. Tangir.