About Urinary Incontinence
There are several factors and conditions that can lead to difficulties with bladder control. This loss of bladder control is referred to as urinary incontinence and can be embarrassing and frustrating for women who suffer with the condition. There are several types of incontinence, but all have the common distinction of arising from defects of the reproductive and urinary tracts. At Pearl GYN Aesthetic Gynecology, board-certified gynecologist Dr. Robert Pearl offers a variety of solutions, including laser treatments, for Coral Springs, FL women dealing with the unpleasant symptoms of urinary incontinence. Contact our facility to learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pearl.
Urinary incontinence occurs in several forms, but mostly derives from weakening and/or deteriorating of vaginal tissue and muscles in women. Muscles and tissue often are weakened by the following:
- Poor diet
- Foods that aggravate the bladder (diuretics, caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods)
- Pregnancy stress in the body
- Vaginal delivery in childbirth
- Excess weight
- After having a hysterectomy
- Physical activity that puts stress or pressure on the pelvic area
- Family history
- Other medical conditions and medications
At Pearl GYN Aesthetic Gynecology, we can provide you with a diagnostic test to evaluate your urinary leakage and help identify a cause. This is a test we do in the office to measure the pressure in your bladder before and after it is filled. We will test for the following:
Urge incontinence involves an intense urge to urinate followed by a loss of urine. This typically results in the need to urine more often then normal. There are several causes that can lead to urge incontinence, including infection, a neurologic condition, or diabetes.
Stress incontinence is due to the poor closure of the bladder. This creates leakage when any amount of pressure is applied to the bladder, such as when coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercising.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Pearl will evaluate your symptoms and create a customized treatment plan that best fits your needs. At Pearl GYN Aesthetic Gynecology, we offer a variety of options to treat the symptoms of UI, such as:
- Having a healthy diet that does not inflame the bladder
- Losing excess weight to take pressure off of the bladder
- Scheduling regular, light to moderate exercise (without putting pressure on the pelvic area)
- Managing fluid intake by limiting drinks in the evening for fewer bathroom trips
- Retraining yourself to go to the bathroom before having the urge to urinate
- Wearing absorbent pads or adult diapers in the event of leakage or urinary accident
- Performing Kegels and physical therapy exercises for the pelvic floor
- Taking prescription medications for UI symptoms
What to Expect
With nonsurgical laser treatments, there is no needed downtime afterward and patients can return to their normal daily routine immediately following treatment. The outlook is promising for urinary incontinence treatment, as about 80% of people with urinary incontinence can improve their condition by following a treatment protocol. The best outcomes are usually achieved by those who sought professional help early and closely maintained treatment until their symptoms subsided or were cured. During follow-up appointments with Dr. Pearl, he will assess the success of your treatment and make adjustments if necessary to allow for optimal results.
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Let's Regain Control
Urinary disorders and certain lifestyle factors can cause several symptoms, but urinary incontinence can be one of the most inconvenient and embarrassing. At Pearl GYN Aesthetic Gynecology, we can help you regain control of your bladder and decrease the amount of time you spend in the bathroom. To learn more, contact our Coral Springs, FL location to schedule a consultation with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Robert Pearl .