Solutions for Female Stress Urinary Incontinence
Metropolitan Urological Specialists of Saint Louis, Missouri, with offices in Creve Coeur, Kirkwood, Florissant, and Washington is focused upon offering innovative solutions for common women’s health conditions. Their objective is to provide useful, easy-to-understand information so women, with their medical professionals, can weigh their options and make educated choices.
What Is Stress Urinary Incontinence?
Stress Urinary Incontinence, or SUI, is the sudden, accidental release of urine during normal, daily activities. SUI is a different condition than Overactive Bladder (OAB), a condition characterized by urgency, frequency, getting up and night with or without bladder leakage. Many women have both types of incontinence. You might have SUI if you lose urine when you:
- Cough, sneeze, or laugh
- Walk, work out, or lift something
- Rise from a sitting or lying position
You may even visit a bathroom often throughout the day in order to avoid accidents. If you are suffering from stress urinary incontinence, this means your urethra (the tube from the bladder through which urine leaves the body) doesn't remain closed until it’s time for you to urinate. This condition can happen as a result of:
- Pregnancy and childbearing
- Prolonged heavy-lifting or straining
- Cigarette smoking
Common Signs and Symptoms Of Stress Urinary Incontinence
If you are experiencing urine leakage, take a moment to ask yourself:
- Do you suffer from urine leakage while laughing, sneezing, coughing, or working out?
- Do you wear panti-liners or pads to absorb urine leaks?
- Do you limit or eliminate activities to stop leakage?
- When planning a trip, outing, or event, does the availableness of washroom facilities influence your final decision?
If you answered “yes” to even one of these simple questions, take the next step and talk with a physician or some other healthcare professional like those at Metropolitan Urological Specialists in St. Louis, MO. Talking about the problem is the most important thing you can do to start taking control of your bladder symptoms. Unfortunately, for lots of women, it's often the hardest step. It should not be shameful -- urinary incontinence is a medical problem which can be treated.
Think about asking your doctor the subsequent questions to make that discussion a bit easier:
- What type of urinary incontinence do I have?
- What remedies are there to help me get back urinary control? Which one is right for me?
- Can you manage this issue, or can you refer me to a doctor specializing in female urinary incontinence?
Stress urinary incontinence is treatable at any age. But not all the techniques work for every person or for all types of incontinence. For SUI, your physician might encourage one or more of the following:
- Behavioral/Muscle Therapy: Therapy many times starts with Kegel exercises to help develop the pelvic floor muscles. Depending on the severity of your condition, however, Kegels might not give adequate relief.
- Biofeedback: In this method, the patient exercises the pelvic floor muscles while connected to an electrical sensing device. The device provides “feedback” to help you to learn to better control these muscle groups. With time, biofeedback can help you use your pelvic muscles to diminish unexpected urges to urinate and reduce some kinds of pelvic pain.
- Electrical stimulation: This method aids pelvic floor exercises by isolating the muscles involved.
- Medication: Some patients have both SUI sand OAB. OAB symptoms can be treated with medications; however at this time there are no medicines approved to treat SUI in the United States.
- Surgery: An outpatient procedure, called Transvaginal Tape, can be performed to place a small piece of mesh underneath the tube you urinate through (urethra) through the vagina.
This information is presented by Metropolitan Urological Specialists. If you've any further questions regarding stress urinary incontinence for women or any other urological issues, make an appointment at one of our practices locations in Creve Coeur, Kirkwood, Florissant or Washington.