While many women joke about not being able to jump rope, laugh aloud, or sneeze without leaking urine, urinary incontinence can be an embarrassing and awkward condition that can seriously change their lifestyle. In fact, incontinence is a medical condition affecting a woman’s ability to control her bladder, bowel, or both. Dr. Taryll Jenkins has been helping women in the Katy, TX, area understand and treat urinary problems for many years.
Dr. Jenkins first explains that although there are various different kinds of incontinence, the two most common are stress incontinence and urge incontinence. The first, stress incontinence, is when a woman discharges urine without meaning to. It can happen when she coughs, sneezes, laughing, or exercises. This condition is known as stress incontinence and it often occurs because the muscles and tissue that support the bladder are weakened due to pregnancy, delivery, an injury, or gaining weight.
The second common type of incontinence, urge incontinence, is identified by the frequent and fast need to urinate, often after a trigger such as the sound of running water or drinking a beverage. This urge can come quickly and unexpectedly and can cause accidents or frequent trips to the restroom. This condition is called overactive bladder and is usually caused by illness, an infection of the bladder, or nerve damage.
There are a number of ways to treat urinary incontinence. The exact treatment plan for an individual woman will vary based on the cause of her incontinence, how bad it is, how much it affects her daily activities, and which condition she has. Therefore, determining the cause of her condition is a critical first step. This can be done with an in-office examination and a conversation about medical history and lifestyle. Treatment options may include changes to the patient’s diet, daily exercises that will strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, or even physical therapy. If an infection is present, antibiotics will likely be prescribed. If the patient has a very severe case of incontinence, surgery can be performed.
It’s important to note that urinary incontinence does not have to control your life and keep you from participating in activities that you love. Dr. Jenkins can help you find a solution that will help you get back to the life you love. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call today.
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