Involuntary loss of urine affects one out of every four women. Important considerations for the patient with involuntary urine loss include the severity of the condition and how it affects one’s life style. Is it necessary to wear a pad every day? Do you dread leaving home unless you know the location of bathrooms in every place you will be visiting?
Urge incontinence, or overactive bladder, describes urinary leakage associated with a sudden urge to urinate throughout the day. Causes include infection, certain medications, nerve damage, alcohol, or bladder irritants such as caffeine or acidic food or beverage. Evaluation may require use of a voiding diary and/or urodynamic testing. Treatments include bladder training and medication.
Stress incontinence refers to the sudden loss of urine with coughing, laughing, or sneezing. Urine loss is also common with bouncing activities such as aerobic exercise and jogging. Some patients with stress incontinence have leakage of urine during intercourse. Treatments for stress incontinence include Kegel exercises, biofeed back and weighted vaginal cones. Some patients will require surgery such as the new Tension Free Vaginal Tape procedure.
Olathe OBGYN offers complete evaluation for urinary incontinence including physician evaluation and urodynamic testing when appropriate.