Urinary incontinence is a loss of bladder control that is commonly seen in older adults and women who have given birth or gone through menopause. When you have incontinence, you may experience occasional urine leakage or the complete inability to control urination.
Passing urine frequently and the urgent need to pass urine are the most common incontinence symptoms. Other symptoms include:
Although women can experience urinary incontinence during their life, the frequency of UI tends to occur more often in women who are pregnant, giving birth or going through menopause.
As you go through menopause, it may become harder to control your bladder. A loss of estrogen can cause your vaginal tissue and the lining of your urethra to become thinner and bladder floor to weaken. Weakening of the pelvic support structures can lead to pelvic organ prolapse, a condition in which one or more organs of the pelvic area (bladder, uterus, or bowel) drops out of place. Prolapsed organs cannot heal themselves, and most worsen over time.
When you are pregnant, pelvic floor muscles are working overtime to accommodate a growing baby. As your baby grows, he or she pushes down on your bladder, urethra, and pelvic floor muscles. This pressure can weaken the pelvic floor muscles and lead to a leaky bladder. Giving birth vaginally can also stretch and weaken the muscles that support bladder control. The good news is most bladder leakage or control problems go away after childbirth when the muscles have had time to heal.
Depending on the type of incontinence you have, your doctor may recommend one of the following treatments:
Urinary incontinence is not just a medical problem; it can take a toll on you emotionally, psychologically, and socially. If you’re tired of being embarrassed by unexpected bladder leaks, know that you don’t have to live life like that any longer. The physicians at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare can diagnose and treat your urinary incontinence issues and help restore your quality of life. Schedule your appointment by contacting our office today.