Certain diseases, medications, infections, behaviors, and other factors such as childbirth and menopause can make a person lose control of when they urinate. These conditions are called urinary incontinence (UI).
The most common forms of UI are:
- Stress Incontinence: Urine leakage caused by abdominal pressure during a daily activity, such as playing sports, laughing, or lifting heavy objects.
- Urge Incontinence, or Overactive Bladder (OAB): Leakage that occurs before the bladder is full, too frequently, and/or at inappropriate times.
- Overflow Incontinence: Leakage of urine when the bladder fills beyond capacity.
- Functional Incontinence: Leakage when a person cannot reach a toilet in time because of a physical blocker, such as injury or arthritis.
- Mixed Incontinence: Symptoms from more than one type of incontinence.
It’s important to note that urinary incontinence is a symptom, not a disease. Our urologists will listen to your symptoms and find the root cause of your UI to bring you back to full health. Some pelvic floor and bladder disorders that may be causing UI are:
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Interstitial Cystitis (IC)
- Bladder Tumors and Cancer
Urinary incontinence and pelvic floor issues are most often extremely treatable. There are many procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical, available to minimize patients’ discomfort or alleviate the problem entirely.
Fog City Urology offers a variety of innovative treatment options and resources, such as absorbent pads, Kegel exercises, pessaries, urethral plugs, collagen or microbead injections, or pelvic floor electrical stimulation. Dr. Hernandez and Dr. Grady will talk you through which treatment is right for you specifically.