As women age, a number of situations may occur. For some, issues such as urinary incontinence become a problem. Female urinary incontinence can be embarrassing, which is why lots of women avoid talking about the issue with their doctor. However, with an open conversation with a medical professional, women can not only get a proper diagnosis of their condition, but also find a solution.
Female incontinence signs
There are a few different signs that a woman might be experiencing female incontinence. Some symptoms might include leaking when coughing or laughing, the intense urge to use the restroom, and weak pelvic organs. During an evaluation with a doctor, women can obtain a proper diagnosis which can then be used to develop a treatment plan that works for the individual’s specific condition. The treatment chosen may vary depending on the type of incontinence and its severity. Some women may also have health insurance that provides coverage for one treatment but not another, which may be considered if finances are a concern.
What types of incontinence may be present?
Your doctor will help you diagnose the type of female incontinence you are experiencing. There are different types, such as stress incontinence, where leakage may occur when laughing or sneezing. Others might have urge incontinence, otherwise known as overactive bladder. Some women have a combination of the two, and may request treatment options.
What treatment options are available for female incontinence?
There are a few different approaches to treating female incontinence. Below are just a few of the options that might be recommended by our team:
- Kegel exercises
- Physical therapy (pelvic floor exercises)
- Prescription medications
- Urethral sling
- Low level stimulation device
- Modifications to lifestyle and diet
- Use of pads to protect in the event of leakage
Call Woodlands OBGYN Associates today
If you reside in The Woodlands, TX or any of the surrounding communities and are seeking the diagnosis and treatment of female incontinence, you are welcome to book a consultation appointment at our practice by calling (281) 364-9898. We are open to new and current patients at our practice, located at 17183 I-45, Suite #610.