Even though urinary incontinence can affect anyone, women are twice as likely as men to develop incontinence issues. In fact, around 40% of women over the age of 65 have incontinence issues. Cile Williamson, MD, MPH, FACOG, and her team at Williamson Gynecology, in Pinehurst, North Carolina, offer expert diagnosis and treatments for incontinence and can restore your quality of life. Call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment today.
The cause of incontinence depends on the kind of incontinence that’s interfering with your life. The two most common types of urinary incontinence include stress incontinence and urge incontinence. Stress incontinence occurs when your pelvic floor is weak or damaged, and your bladder and urethra don’t have sufficient support. As a result, when you sneeze, cough, laugh, or pick up something substantial, the extra stress on your bladder pushes out some urine.
Urge incontinence occurs when you have a sudden and uncontrollable need to urinate and can’t control your bladder. Urge incontinence is often due to a muscle spasm in your pelvic floor or neurological dysfunction. Diabetes and infections can also cause urge incontinence.
Women’s anatomy and reproductive role increase their risk of incontinence. Pregnancy and childbirth put a significant amount of stress on your pelvic floor, which weakens the support available for your bladder and urinary tract. Additionally, the decrease in estrogen as you age contributes to a condition called vaginal atrophy, which makes your vaginal tissue thin and weak, further decreasing your pelvic floor strength.
Dr. Williamson and her team provide customized treatment plans to reduce your incontinence symptoms. In addition to bladder training, practicing double voiding, and making changes to your fluid consumption, Dr. Williamson also provides treatments to strengthen and repair your pelvic floor. Treatment may include pelvic floor physical therapy, medication, behavior modification, surgery or minimally invasive office procedures
For example, you may benefit from TempSure™ Vitalia or MonaLisa Touch® vaginal health treatments. Both treatments stimulate collagen production within your vaginal tissue, which enhances the strength and condition of your pelvic floor.
Call or schedule an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment for urinary incontinence issues.