At Scottsdale Center for Women’s Health, we know how much urinary health affects you. While it may not be something about which you like to talk, it still impacts your daily life. When you have urinary incontinence, you no longer feel like yourself, and you do not feel confident in public. Your incontinence may keep you at home to avoid embarrassment from leakage when laughing, exercising or other movements.
One of the most common types of urinary incontinence that we see is stress urinary incontinence. This occurs when the muscles of your pelvis are weakened and you leak urine whenever a stressor is placed on the area. As previously stated, this could be running, jumping or walking or even coughing, sneezing or laughing. Many women have mild to severe stress incontinence as they age or following pregnancy and vaginal childbirth. The pelvic floor muscles are like a sling system for many of your genitourinary organs, and when working properly, these muscles hold everything correctly in place. However, when the muscles are weak, loose or torn, they can allow things to shift and may not completely hold the urine within the bladder.
There are several types of treatments for stress urinary incontinence. We often start with lifestyle changes as well as simple at-home treatments that can help to strengthen the muscles in the area. For example, we may recommend that you do a series of Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor several times each day.
If lifestyle changes do not fully address the problem, we may help you find an appropriate medication that improves healthy muscle contractions. We can also insert a physical device into your vagina or urethra to either support the weakened muscles or physically stop urine from leaking.
Women no longer have to put up with the irritations and embarrassments of stress urinary incontinence. We have a range of treatments to help whether you have mild or severe incontinence. Plus, new treatments are being studied and show great promise in providing amazing results in a short time. Our experts at Scottsdale Center for Women’s Health are standing by to help you find a solution for your urinary incontinence. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.