Many women suffer from the embarrassment and frustration of urinary incontinence, which is the loss of bladder control. At the practice of OB/GYN Andrei Buna, MD, in Randolph, New Jersey, you can learn simple lifestyle changes and get treatment to ease the inconvenience and discomfort of urinary incontinence. Call the practice or book an appointment online for therapy so that urinary incontinence doesn’t affect your daily activities any longer.
Urinary incontinence ranges in severity. You may have minor leaks of urine or a full loss of bladder control. The types of incontinence include:
You may experience more than one type of urinary incontinence. Usually, urinary incontinence is a symptom of another health problem, such as degenerated pelvic floor muscles, diabetes, infection, or an issue with your reproductive organs.
Treatment for urinary incontinence depends on the cause. Dr. Buna may offer lifestyle recommendations, such as cutting back on caffeine and alcohol and planning toilet trips strategically, so you don’t reach the point of urgency. You may also benefit from instruction on Kegel exercises, which help strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor.
Certain medications may help with incontinence, too, depending on the root of your issues. Dr. Buna may also recommend certain medical devices, such as pessaries and urethral inserts to help with leakage.
You may also be a candidate for a bladder sling, which creates support around your urethra and the connecting tissue to help keep the area closed, so you aren’t subject to stress incontinence.
With uterine or bladder prolapse, these organs “drop” due to tissue deterioration, and they may protrude through your vagina. The displaced organ puts excess pressure on the bladder or urethra, making urinary control difficult. If Dr. Buna determines you have prolapse, he may recommend surgery to repair the pelvic floor and offer more support to your organs.
Dr. Buna may also recommend a pessary, which is a ring-like device inserted into your vagina to help hold up dropped pelvic organs.
To learn more about how you can address the issues surrounding urinary incontinence, call the office or book an appointment online.