Urinary Incontinence

Although urinary incontinence isn’t a serious risk to your health, it’s an embarrassing condition that can leave you isolated and reduce the quality of your life. Adeeb Alshahrour, MD, FACOG, at Women’s Healthcare Center of Chicago provides compassionate and nonjudgemental care for all incontinence issues and can help you manage your condition. If incontinence is a problem for you, call the Chicago or Bridgeview, Illinois, office or use the online tool to book your appointment and start treatment.

What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence, or involuntary urination, is a condition in which you lose control of your bladder or have a constant, involuntary urine leak.

What are the symptoms of urinary incontinence?

The main symptom of urinary incontinence is an involuntary release of urine, but how this leakage happens depends on the type of incontinence you have. The main types of incontinence and their symptoms are:

Stress urinary incontinence

This is the most common type of urinary incontinence in which you experience urine leaks due to physical pressure on your bladder and the muscles involved in urinary control. 

This can happen during activities like walking, lifting heavy objects, or even laughing. It affects older women and women who’ve given birth vaginally.

Urge incontinence

Also known as overactive bladder, urge incontinence is a sudden, involuntary urge to urinate. You may experience this feeling even if you don’t have a full bladder. 

Many patients also experience sleep disturbance as they frequently wake up with the urgent feeling of having to urinate.

Mixed incontinence

This is a combination of stress and urge urinary incontinence at the same time.

Overflow incontinence

Overflow incontinence happens when you can’t completely empty your bladder when you urinate, which leads to overflow that leaks at unexpected moments. 

Along with leakage, urine that remains in your bladder is a breeding ground for infections and can increase your risk of repeat urinary tract infections.

While many people think urinary incontinence is a normal part of aging, it can also indicate underlying problems that need attention. 

Incontinence can also lead to emotional and social problems as many people become embarrassed and scared of having an accident in public, which leads them to self-isolate and become depressed.

How is urinary incontinence treated?

Your doctor at Women’s Healthcare Center of Chicago performs a thorough physical and pelvic exam and asks questions about your medical and reproductive history. 

They ask questions about your condition, including particular accidents, in order to determine the cause of your incontinence. They may also order additional blood tests, a urine test, a bladder stress test, or an ultrasound.

If your incontinence is due to a certain medication you take, your specialist can help adjust your dosage or prescribe a different medication that does not have the same effects. 

They can also help you better manage certain diseases like diabetes, which may contribute to your incontinence. 

Certain cases may be due to defects like a pelvic prolapse or urethral sphincter incompetence and may require surgical procedures like prolapse surgery or installation of an artificial urinary sphincter. 

If you have any type of urinary incontinence, you don’t have to suffer. Call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment with Women’s Healthcare Center of Chicago and get professional help.

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