Stuart, FL – I was happy to see the TV Commercial of the women walking down the street holding a cartoon-ish bladder by the hand, because I’m glad we’re using some humor to bring an often embarrassing subject into the open.
The First thing we need to understand is that women of any age can suffer from urinary incontinence, Or in other words, Involuntary loss of urine, This includes young women who have just had babies.
More Than 13 million Americans have this treatable condition, women more than twice as often as men. However, women often think it’s a normal condition due to childbirth or menopause and they continue to put up with it needlessly.
Your primary care doctors can help, determine which of the four types of incontinence is affecting you: stress incontinence, urge incontinence, mixed incontinence or overflow incontinence
Sometimes, there can be a mixture of more than one type. Symptoms of incontinence may include urgency, hesitancy and increase frequency, to just name a few.
Certain medications cause the problem and people with nerve damage from diabetes or other conditions like MS, or Parkinson’s disease also are prone to “plumbing problems”
If other people in your family have weak pelvic muscles, it can increase your chances of inheriting them, as well. Like bad eyesight, these biological connections tend to run in families.
So here’s the good news. They are many treatments available.
I can be as simple as drinking less water. You and your physician can work out a bladder training schedule, Relaxation exercises have been known to help. Learn what foods and beverages may affect your urge to urinate.
If these simple lifestyle changes don’t solve the problem, don’t despair. Pelvic muscle training is often effective, as is wearing a pessary (a device similar to a diaphragm). you might also want to consider electrical stimulation, biofeedback, hormone creams or one of the more than 300 different surgical options available.
These options depend upon the type of incontinence you have.Medication is also an option for dealing with urge incontinence, as is a transdermal patch, Collagen Implants or other materials are now being used, as well.
So, the “bottom” line is this- don’t live with this condition needlessly. Talk to your primary care doctor about your options and treatments and say goodbye to urinary incontinence.
Michele Libman M.D is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Her practices, Treasure Coast Urgent & Family Care and Treasure Coast Primary have offices in Stuart and Port St. Lucie Visit https://www.tcurgentcare.com
Michele Libman M.D
Name: Treasure Coast Urgent and Family Care
Address: 1050 SE Monterey Road, Suite 101, Stuart, FL,34994