Have you ever noticed that a little urine slips out whenever you sneeze or when you laugh? You’ve probably also heard that it’s normal right? That this is just a “women’s issue.” It’s just something we have to learn to live with.
At Fayetteville Women’s Care, we’re here to tell you that this is a misconseption! We also want you to know that it’s okay and that you’re not alone. Urinary incontinence does happen to women, particularly women who have delivered children. The good news is, you don’t have to live with it!
Of course, urinary incontinence will not cause severe medical problems, but it may be worsened by conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma and chronic bowel problems. Even worse, it can cause emotional distress and embarrassment for women who experience it.
But the time has come to say goodbye to wearing panty liners and pads, “just in case.”
To treat urinary incontinence, your doctor will need to determine the underlying cause in you, because every individual is different. Some of these treatment options available for women include:
- Kegel activation exercises. These pelvic floor muscles need to be exercised just like any other muscle. The best part is you can do them anywhere, anytime. At your desk or at home, no one will be the wiser!
- Stress therapy to alleviate stress related incontinence.
- Medication to tighten the bladder and reduce urgency sensations that may result in leakage.
There are also a variety of surgical and outpatient procedures that may improve urinary incontinence. Sacral Nerve Stimulation is a promising new outpatient procedure that has, in particular, had successes where other techniques have failed.
Whatever method you choose, it’s important to remember that this issue does not need to be permanent or cause any women undue stress! Urinary incontinence treatments are effective and well-tolerated, so don’t hesitate if you’re experiencing this unwanted condition.
Fayetteville Women’s Care is here for you. Don’t be embarrassed or too shy to bring up urinary incontinence at your next appointment. You’ll be happy you did!