Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Prolapse: Urogynecology Issues
Urogynecology is a subspecialty of women’s health, that you may have never heard about. However, that doesn’t mean urogynecologists only treat rare, specialized conditions. In fact, one in three women in the United States will experience a condition that requires care from a urogynecologist such as urinary incontinence. At Women’s Care Florida, our urogynecologists can help with symptoms ranging from painful sex to urine leakage. These are the three most common problems we treat:
Women commonly experience one of two different types of urinary incontinence: stress incontinence and urge incontinence. Many women joke about peeing a little when they sneeze or laugh. This problem is actually a minor form of stress incontinence. It’s caused by the weakening of the muscles and tendons that support your bladder. Childbirth is the most common cause of weakened muscles even though you may not experience incontinence until you are older.
Women’s Care Florida urogynecologists can give you many options for strengthening muscles and preventing leakage. You might participate in physical therapy, bladder training or undergo a minimally invasive robotic surgery to place support around your bladder.
Urge incontinence can be a more complicated problem to treat. When you have urge incontinence, you may feel a sudden, strong need to use the restroom followed by involuntary leakage. You may experience urge incontinence because of an infection, nerve damage or other issues.
Our urogynecologists offer many treatments to help stop the bladder contractions that cause leakage. You can explore nonsurgical options, like Botox injections or medicines, and surgical options like the placement of a nerve stimulator. We work with you to determine which treatment is best for your lifestyle so you can stay dry and in control.
If you experience bowel incontinence, you may have difficulty controlling bowel movements. The condition may be due to muscle or nerve damage during childbirth or simply as a side effect of aging. Even chronic constipation or diarrhea can cause this problem.
Our urogynecologists help you regain control of your bowel with treatments like biofeedback training, dietary changes or bowel training. If these noninvasive procedures don’t help, you can explore further options like nerve stimulation or minimally invasive surgery.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
This problem occurs when pelvic floor muscles are weakened. Organs like the bladder and uterus are supported by these muscles and can fall if the muscles become too weak, causing a bulge in the vagina. Pelvic organ prolapse can cause both urinary and bowel incontinence, along with pelvic pain and pressure. Prolapse problems are often caused by childbirth, though you might not show symptoms until years after your child is born.
Physical therapy, including Kegel exercises, and losing excess weight may be enough to help with pelvic organ prolapse. If you need further treatment, our urogynecologists can also perform advanced surgeries to remove the uterus (robotic hysterectomy) or minimally invasive pelvic reconstruction surgeries to support fallen organs.
At Women’s Care Florida, our three board-certified urogynecologists provide compassionate, comprehensive urogynecological care for women experiencing urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. Schedule a consultation today to learn how we can help you regain control and improve your quality of life.