Treatments for urinary incontinence range from behavioral to surgical
Urinary incontinence is a common problem, but thanks to a variety of treatment options, quality of life can be improved. Our Round Rock obgyns provide expertise and compassion as they diagnose and treat women who are experiencing the symptoms of incontinence, including urinary frequency and/or urgency; pain during urination; or leaking when coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercising.
Non-surgical treatments for urinary incontinence
Many women respond well to non-surgical treatments for urinary incontinence. Sometimes, the best plan is to combine more than one type of treatment. Our Round Rock obgyns design an individualized treatment protocol for each woman, taking into account the symptoms and the severity of her condition. Non-surgical treatments that our physicians may suggest include lifestyle and behavioral changes, therapeutic treatment, medical devices and medication.
Lifestyle and behavioral changes
There are several lifestyle and behavioral changes that can improve symptoms.
- Losing weight: Being overweight or obese increases pressure on the bladder.
- Making dietary changes: Eliminate urinary incontinence dietary triggers such as caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods.
- Managing fluid intake: Drinking too much or too little water can aggravate symptoms. It’s also important to stop drinking a few hours before bed to avoid nighttime waking.
- Retraining the bladder: One of the treatments for urinary incontinence involves learning to delay urination for longer periods of time.
- Keeping a bladder diary. Writing down things or situations that trigger symptoms is important, so they can be controlled or eliminated.
Our Round Rock obgyns may suggest treatments for urinary incontinence that involve physical therapy or biofeedback. A physical therapist can help women learn to do Kegel exercises properly to help improve the pelvic floor muscles. Biofeedback techniques and physical therapy are important to ensure that women are locating and using the correct muscles during exercise.
Pessaries are one of the treatments for urinary incontinence that physicians have used effectively for many years. A pessary is inserted into the vagina to lift the urethra and bladder, providing support. Our Round Rock obgyns will carefully fit the pessary to your pelvis to eliminate any discomfort that can be associated with the device, as well as teach you how to care for it at home.
Several medications are available to help women with mild to moderate incontinence.
- Oxytrol or Detrol to relax bladder muscles
- Medications to help block bladder contractions
- Estrogen therapy inserted vaginally
Some women may require surgical treatment for incontinence
Women who have moderate to severe incontinence may require surgical treatment. Our Round Rock obgyns evaluate each patient to determine whether they can perform the surgical procedure or if it is best to refer the patient to a urologist. Our physicians’ goal is to provide the best possible care and they have an extensive list of specialists to refer patients to, if needed.
Women who suffer from the symptoms of urinary incontinence should contact our Round Rock obgyns. We’re here to help women find relief.