Urinary Incontinence

Understanding urinary incontinence can lead to a better quality of life

Although your obgyn has specialized training and expertise to help with urological issues, you may have hesitated to discuss discomfort or urinary incontinence with your physician. Rest assured that our Round Rock obgyns are here to listen and provide compassionate care for this common women’s health condition. Below are answers to questions you may have about urinary incontinence.

What are the symptoms of urinary incontinence?

At Oakwood Women’s Centre at Seton Williamson, our physicians primarily see three types of urinary incontinence: stress, urge and mixed incontinence. Urinary incontinence refers to urine leakage, which can range in severity from just a small amount to a complete evacuation of the bladder. Other common symptoms include: feeling a strong urge to urinate, even when the bladder isn’t full; urinating frequently; waking up in the night due to the need to urinate; urine leakage while sleeping; or feeling pain while urinating.

Are there different types?

Our Round Rock obgyns primarily see three categories of urinary incontinence.

  • Stress incontinence is the type that many people are most familiar with because it causes you to leak urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh, cry, exercise or exert yourself, especially with heavy lifting.
  • Urge incontinence is also known as overactive bladder, or OAB. This type causes you to feel the urge to urinate, and is often accompanied by urine leakage. You may also need to go to the bathroom frequently, night and day.
  • Mixed incontinence is a condition that causes you to experience the symptoms of both stress and urge urinary incontinence.

What causes this condition?

The condition may be temporary, caused by a urinary tract infection, constipation, diuretics such as caffeine and alcohol and certain medications. Persistent causes include pelvic floor disorders or anatomical and neuromuscular problems.

What are the risk factors?

There are several unavoidable factors that may increase a woman’s risk of developing urinary incontinence. Women of any age can develop this health problem, and our Round Rock obgyns encourage you to enlist support for urinary incontinence related to:

  • Aging and menopause
  • Pregnancy and/or birth
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Anatomical problems
  • Pelvic floor disorders and other medical issues
  • Medications that have a diuretic effect

Can I do anything to prevent the problem?

Urinary incontinence cannot always be prevented, but there are proactive steps women can take. Maintain a healthy weight, limit your intake of liquid several hours before going to bed, avoid drinks that have a diuretic effect, and perform Kegel exercises.

How our Round Rock obgyns can help

Our Round Rock obgyns can help by providing expert diagnosis and treatment for urinary incontinence. We offer compassionate care that can improve your quality of life. Contact us for more information.