You’re so frustrated by a leaky bladder. You suffer from urinary incontinence at the most aggravating times. Every time you laugh, cough, or sneeze, you have a small leak. You have also found that you cannot control your bladder as well as you used to. You can’t wait to go to the bathroom. When a sudden urge comes on, you have to go right away or you are going to experience a leak. Sometimes those leaks are more pronounced than others. You must want to take back control again. Know what your treatment options are in order to find relief for your leaky bladder.
Understanding What Kind of Incontinence You Have
As you consider your treatment alternatives, you need to have an understanding of what kind of bladder leak you have. If you have stress incontinence, you are dealing with leaks when anything applies pressure against your abdomen. This would explain those leaks when you sneeze, cough, or laugh. You might find that you experience leaks during physical activity as well. If you have urge incontinence, you may feel like you have to go all the time. You may also have times when your bladder empties itself without your control. It is possible to experience both kinds of incontinence. If you are a woman and you have had children, you are at greater risk of stress incontinence due to the strain placed on your muscles. If you smoke or you are overweight, you are at greater risk of stress incontinence.
What Can You Do About Your Leaky Bladder?
You have several options that can help you to take control of your bladder once again. You can begin with Kegel exercises that target the muscles of your pelvic floor. Mainly, you tighten the muscles that you use when you are trying to hold back your urine. Kegels are recommended for pregnant women to help them prepare for delivery. You can perform Kegels at any time to strengthen your muscles for better control. Bladder control is another option. Try scheduling visits to the bathroom.
What Can You Do if Your Own Efforts at Bladder Control Don’t Work?
If you are not successful on your own in controlling your bladder, your doctor can offer you solutions. At Fort Worth Center for Pelvic Medicine, our board-certified urogynecologist, Dr. Michael England, will evaluate your situation to find out which treatment option would be best for you. We offer medical therapy or surgical procedures to treat leaky bladder. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation! We are conveniently located in Fort Worth, TX.