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Urinary Incontinence

Boro Park OB/GYN

OB-GYNs & Midwives located in Brooklyn, NY

For women with urinary incontinence, spontaneity is simply not a part of daily life. The team at Boro Park OB/GYN in Brooklyn, New York understands the challenges that urinary incontinence brings and works to help you gain more control over your urinary function, as well as your daily life. If you’re experiencing anxiety over the loss of bladder control, and this condition is disrupting your routines, contact the office by phone or use the easy online scheduling tool to book a consultation.

Urinary Incontinence Q&A

What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is the term that describes the inability to control your bladder. For some women, incontinence is mild and a relatively rare occurrence. For other women, this condition leads to moderate urine leakage, often at the most inconvenient times.

There are multiple different types of urinary incontinence:

Urge incontinence

Urge incontinence occurs when you experience a sudden, intense urge to release urine, followed by involuntary urination.

Stress incontinence

Stress incontinence occurs when you leak urine while laughing, sneezing, coughing, or physical exertion.

Overflow incontinence

Overflow incontinence occurs when you experience frequent small releases of urine due to incomplete bladder evacuation.

Functional incontinence

Functional incontinence occurs when a mental or physical issue prevents you from reaching the bathroom in time, including mobility issues and arthritis.

Mixed incontinence

Mixed incontinence is a blend of two or more of the types above.

What causes incontinence?

Occasional incontinence is normal, especially as you age. Alcohol consumption, a urinary tract infection, and certain foods are among the many things that can cause occasional incontinence.

Ongoing urinary incontinence is a more serious medical issue. There are numerous causes of ongoing urinary incontinence:

  • Age
  • Childbirth
  • Menopause
  • Hysterectomy
  • Pregnancy
  • Neurological disorders

Women have a higher risk of urinary incontinence, primarily due to the stress that pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause place on your body. Anatomical differences are also partly to blame.

How is urinary incontinence diagnosed?

Your doctor begins by speaking with you about your symptoms, current state of health, and health history. The next step involves choosing the diagnostic tools best suited to your specific needs.

After a thorough physical exam, you might begin with some simple urine tests that help your doctor determine which additional testing methods to pursue. Urodynamic studies are medical tests that increase the understanding of how your urinary system is functioning. There are different types of urodynamic tests, for example:

  • Uroflowmetry
  • Cystometry
  • Voiding Pressure Study
  • Electromyography
  • Urethral Pressure Profile

The information gleaned from these diagnostic tools helps your doctor create a customized treatment plan for your specific incontinence needs. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Boro Park OB/GYN at your earliest convenience.