There are many ways to get bladder incontinence under control.
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:
- Carbonated drinks
- 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.