Urinary Incontinence

Receive exemplary care for female urinary incontinence in our San Antonio women’s center

Conservative estimates suggest that 50 percent of adult women experience some level of urinary incontinence, or bladder leakage, which can have physical and psychological impacts on overall wellbeing. Although it is a common problem for women of all ages, the prevalence of this form of incontinence increases with age, affecting up to 75% of women older than 65. The caring team at our San Antonio OBGYN clinic can provide top-notch diagnosis and treatment of bladder leakage issues.

Common symptoms

Both men and women can experience occasional bladder leaks. Because of reproductive health events such as pregnancy, childbirth and menopause, female patients may suffer from frequent, prolonged issues with urinary incontinence. The following signs may indicate a need for further consultation with your physician.

  • Unexpected urine leakage for no apparent reason
  • Urine loss due to coughing, sneezing, laughing or jumping
  • Continuous leakage of the bladder
  • Reduction in normal activities because of urine leakage
  • A sudden need to urinate with little warning

Types of urinary incontinence

Often, patients experience more than one kind of urinary incontinence. Your doctor will review your medical history and ask about your primary symptoms. There are several most common types of bladder leakage.

  • Overflow incontinence, which occurs because of a full bladder and weak pelvic muscles
  • Stress incontinence, caused by a sudden event such as a cough or sneeze
  • Urge incontinence, when you suddenly need to urinate
  • Mixed incontinence, a combination of more than one type of urine leakage

Treatment options to address bladder leakage

Though many people feel uncomfortable discussing this issue, we encourage our patients to consider seeking treatment. Leaking urine can begin to negatively affect your life, causing restriction of routine activities and hindering social interactions. While you may feel embarrassed about your bladder leakage, our team can identify appropriate solutions to alleviate your symptoms.

Depending on the severity of the case, our San Antonio women’s center doctors may initially recommend pelvic floor exercises, dietary changes, weight loss and/or bladder retraining. If these options don’t produce results, we can move onto other treatments. Oral medications, mild electronic stimulation, biofeedback, bulking agents, vaginal estrogen and/or Botox injections can improve your quality of life.

Urinary incontinence doesn’t have to slow you down. At Live Oak Women’s Health, we are committed to ensuring that our patients enjoy healthy, satisfying lives. Contact our office to schedule an appointment.