The loss of bladder control is urinary incontinence, which can happen when coughing, laughing, sneezing, or jogging. The team at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine knows urinary incontinence can greatly affect a woman’s quality of life. Therefore, it is important to understand the types of urinary incontinence, symptoms of the condition, and tests available for it.
Types of urinary incontinence include:
- Stress incontinence – When exerting pressure on the bladder by coughing or sneezing, urine links.
- Urge incontinence – There is a sudden and intense urge to urinate that is followed by involuntary urine loss.
- Overflow incontinence – There is frequent or constant dribbling of urine because the bladder does not completely empty.
- Functional incontinence – Mental or physical impairment keeps a person from making it to the toilet in time.
- Mixed incontinence – More than one type of urinary incontinence experienced.
It is important to seek treatment for urinary incontinence because it may be indicative of a more serious underlying condition. Urinary incontinence can restrict a person’s activities and limit his or her social interaction. Senior adults are also at higher risk of falls as they rush to the toilet.
Rest assured, we offer urodynamic tests in our office. Our tests are tailored to the individual needs of the patient. We perform urodynamic tests when a patient experiences involuntary release of urine that ranges from moderate to severe. A basic urodynamic test involves urinating into a container. We insert a catheter through the urethra into the bladder. Any urine remaining is measured.
Results will be normal or abnormal. If the amount of fluid in the bladder after urinating is within normal ranges, the results are normal. If there is more or less than a normal amount, the results are abnormal.
Urinary incontinence can be uncomfortable as well as embarrassing. The team at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine is committed to improving the quality of life of women in Katy and beyond with various treatments. If you have noticed any signs or symptoms of urinary continence, we recommend calling 855-346-8610 to schedule an appointment. Our team is committed to your overall health and well-being.