Urinary incontinence is common among older men and women, but that doesn’t make it any easier or less embarrassing to deal with. Thankfully, there’s help available at Prince William Urology Associates in Manassas and Haymarket, Virginia, where the expert team of urologists is experienced in treating urinary incontinence both by targeting bladder activity and treating any underlying conditions causing the problem. To schedule an appointment, call the office today or use the online booking feature.
Urinary incontinence means you can’t fully control when you go to the bathroom. There are several kinds of incontinence that vary in severity. Common types of incontinence include:
You may experience just one type of incontinence, but you can also have multiple types, a condition known as mixed incontinence. Severe cases of urinary incontinence may be a sign of a more serious condition, such as diabetes or prostate cancer.
Though urinary incontinence affects many people as they get older, the condition is treatable. You don’t have to accept incontinence as simply part of aging. Talk about it with your doctor at Prince William Urology Associates.
When you have overflow incontinence, your bladder doesn’t empty fully, so you sometimes leak urine without warning, even though you don’t feel the need to use the bathroom. Overflow incontinence is usually a symptom of having an enlarged prostate, known as benign prostate hyperplasia or BPH, and responds to medication that relaxes the muscles at the base of your urethra.
You may have stress incontinence if you leak urine when you cough, sneeze or laugh, which puts pressure on your bladder. This form of incontinence results when your pelvic floor muscles can’t support your bladder. Your doctor at Prince William Urology Associates may teach you Kegel exercises to strengthen these muscles.
Urge incontinence results from excessive bladder activity and causes you to need the bathroom frequently and out of nowhere. When you have urge incontinence, you’ll often find it impossible to get to the bathroom in time.
To treat this form of incontinence, there are medications that can control your bladder activity. Your doctor may suggest a treatment that uses electricity to correct your bladder functioning. This may include stimulating the tibial nerve, which affects bladder contractions, or implanting a device similar to a pacemaker.
Functional incontinence is when you have obstacles to making it to the bathroom in time because of another medical condition, such as arthritis or poor vision.
This type of incontinence doesn’t directly result from a problem with your urinary system but can be especially challenging if you have another form of incontinence at the same time. In addition to treating related health conditions, your doctor will also help you plan so you can access the bathroom more easily.
Urinary incontinence doesn’t have to be a fact of life. To get help, call Prince William Urology Associates or schedule an appointment online today.