Incontinence is an upsetting and embarrassing condition for many women today, and it’s something that tends to be quite common during pregnancy. Bakersfield, California area residents who struggle with incontinence can rely on Dr. Hans Yu, of the Yu Medical Group, for help in dealing with incontinence in the most effective way possible.
Incontinence Q & A
What is urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is accidental urination, whether it’s a small amount of leakage or a full bladder release. There are several different kinds of urinary incontinence.
What is stress incontinence?
Stress incontinence is a common kind of urinary incontinence that’s often seen during pregnancy. Stress incontinence happens because of bladder pressure, which can be caused by a growing baby, by lifting a heavy load, by sneezing, by coughing, or even by laughing. The amount of urine expelled is usually quite small, although in rare cases a patient with stress incontinence may leak a large amount of urine.
What is urge incontinence?
Urge incontinence is also called overactive bladder. People who have urge incontinence feel the need to urinate very suddenly and without warning, which often results in urine leakage.
Urge incontinence happens because the bladder is overactive, making the urge to urinate far more frequently than it should. The reason that the bladder is overactive can vary, but it’s generally the result of an underlying condition such as nerve damage, urinary tract infection, or problems due to pelvic surgery.
What is overflow incontinence?
Overflow incontinence happens when a person is never able to totally empty their bladder. Since the bladder is always full or close to full, leakage or even total bladder release may occur without warning.
Overflow incontinence may happen in people who have bladder blockage or in people who have weakened bladder muscles. It can also occur due to certain medications. Overflow incontinence is much less common than stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
How is urinary incontinence treated?
The treatment depends on the specific kind of incontinence, and on the reasons behind it. In many cases, lifestyle changes can make a major difference for people suffering from urinary incontinence. That can include:
- Pelvic floor strengthening exercises
- Dietary changes
- Weight loss
- Regular exercise
In some cases of urinary incontinence, medication can effectively control the problem. If the urinary incontinence is the result of an underlying condition, Dr. Yu will work to determine the root cause of the issue so that an effective treatment plan can be designed.