Urinary incontinence relates to the leakage of urine, a common condition affecting both males and females. For women, who are more likely to struggle with frequent incontinence, a number of female-related factors may have contributed to the development of incontinence, including:
Certain medications, food, or drinks could temporarily cause urinary incontinence. These can overstimulate the bladder, causing excessive urine leakage.
There are also a few different types of incontinence:
Urinary incontinence is often a natural part of the aging process. As we get older, our muscle control weakens, and changes in the bladder reduce the amount of fluids your bladder can hold. Women are especially at risk for developing incontinence due to the physical changes of the body occurring during pregnancy and childbirth.
There are additional factors that may influence your development of urinary incontinence, including:
Close family members with a history of incontinence may put you at higher risk for developing the condition.
Added weight increases the pressure on the bladder, weakening the surrounding muscles. The extra pressure forces urine out of the body during a sneeze or a laugh.
Smoking tobacco has been shown to increase risks of incontinence.
Diabetes and other medical issues may increase your risk for developing incontinence.
When you have trouble controlling your bladder, accidents happen. This can have a significant effect on your personal life, leading to anxiety, depression, and other mental and emotional health issues.
You may also be at higher risk of developing frequent urinary tract infections and experiencing skin rashes and infections caused by constant contact with urine.
There are treatments available to encourage bladder control and regain your quality of life. Exercises, medications, and minimally-invasive surgical procedures can help treat the conditions causing urinary incontinence.
Dr. Taymour of Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Group are experienced in female incontinence issues and are here to support you through diagnosis and treatment. Give the office a call today to schedule your appointment and learn more about managing incontinence, or schedule your appointment online anytime.
At Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Group, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. We unfortunately are not in contract with any Medi-cal Sponsored Programs or Kaiser.
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