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By J. Gabriel Guajardo, M.D.
March 04, 2019
Category: Health and Safety

Do you want to know more about what causes urinary incontinence?

The issues you have with bladder leakage or the lack of making it to the bathroom in time shouldn't be ignored. Contact J. Gabriel DoctorGuajardo in Brownsville, TX, doctor if you suspect that you may be experiencing urinary incontinence.

 

More About Urinary Incontinence:

Urinary incontinence is a loss of bladder control and a sudden urge to urinate. This common medical condition often makes it difficult to laugh or cough.

This condition occurs largely due to the loss of muscle control, which in turn, leads to the loss urination control. Consequently, your bladder will contract without warning or your sphincter muscles will no longer hold back the flow of urine as you intend them to.

Common causes of urinary incontinence include

  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Menopause

Urinary incontinence may lead to other complications, such as:

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Constipation
  • Certain neurological disorders

There are other risk factors that don't usually result in urinary incontinence, but do make it worse, such as:

  • Gender
  • Weight
  • Other conditions

People may also suffer from temporary urinary incontinence if they've consumed,

  • Too much alcohol or caffeine
  • Certain medications and sedatives

 

Treatments for Urinary Incontinence:

If you're suffering from a mild case of urinary incontinence, you may manage by simply wearing pads and using the bathroom frequently. Kegel exercises are also one of the most popular treatment options for urinary incontinence, as they specifically strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Other methods to improve bladder control include a lifestyle change, such as losing weight and quitting tobacco.

For more serious cases, your doctor can offer you medications, biofeedback, nerve stimulation, or pessary devices. Surgery should be the last resort but that option is available if nothing else works.

 

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You shouldn't be embarrassed by urinary incontinence. For treatment, call Dr. J. Gabriel Guajardo, in Brownsville, TX, at (956) 350-4821.

By J. Gabriel Guajardo, M.D.
April 19, 2018
Category: Health Care

There are many ways to get bladder incontinence under control.urinary incontinence

Dealing with a loss of bladder control, or urinary incontinence can be embarrassing. Being concerned that you might not be able to make it to the bathroom in time could have you avoiding certain social or professional situations. While people may assume that this problem only happens to older women, our Brownsville, TX, OBGYN Dr. J. Gabriel Guajardo is here to tell you that this happens to women of all ages for many reasons.

What causes urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence may be acute or chronic. If it’s acute, a urinary tract infection, constipation, certain medications (e.g. blood pressure or heart medications; sedatives), or certain foods or drinks could be to blame. In fact, these foods and drinks can stimulate the bladder and cause urgency:

  • Caffeine
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Spicy or acidic foods
  • Citrus fruits

If urinary incontinence doesn’t seem to go away then it could be caused by pregnancy, aging, menopause, childbirth, a urinary tract obstruction or a neurological disorder (e.g. spinal injury; Parkinson’s disease).

When to see a doctor?

It’s important to give our Brownsville, TX, gynecologist a call if:

  • You experience sudden urinary incontinence (which could be caused by a new medication or a UTI)
  • Your urinary incontinence requires you to wear a pad
  • Your urinary incontinence impacts your life

While we know that this problem can be a bit embarrassing it is an issue that many women face and it’s important to talk to us about what’s going on so that we can provide you with the individualized care and treatment you need to get this problem under control.

What are my treatment options?

The treatment or treatments that will work best for you will really depend on the cause of your urinary incontinence, which is why it’s a good idea to visit us as soon as symptoms arise so that we can provide a thorough diagnosis.

Urinary incontinence can be treated with:

  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Medications (e.g. estrogen cream)
  • Botox (to relax the muscles of the bladder)
  • Bladder training and biofeedback
  • Surgery (if symptoms aren’t responding to any other treatment options)

No matter whether you’ve been diagnosed with urinary incontinence or think you are dealing with this problem it’s important that you have a medical team by your side to provide you with the treatment you need here in Brownsville, TX. Call us today.