Urinary Incontinence Specialist

Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC

Board Certified OB/GYN located in Leesburg, FL & Lady Lake, FL

While anyone can develop urinary incontinence, women are twice as likely to have the condition as men. If you have incontinence, you don’t have to accept it. The team of board-certified physicians at Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC in Leesburg, and Lady Lake, in Florida, provides customized treatments to restore your urinary control. Call Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC or make an appointment online today.

Urinary Incontinence Q & A

What is urinary incontinence?

If you have urinary incontinence, it means that you can’t control the release of your urine. Stress and urge incontinence are the two most prevalent types of urinary incontinence.

Stress incontinence

Stress incontinence occurs when the muscles that support your bladder and urethra are weak and provide insufficient support. As a result, when you laugh, cough, or pick up something heavy, you leak a little urine. Many women mistakenly believe that stress incontinence is an inevitable part of aging. It’s not. With treatment, you can restore your urinary control.

Urge incontinence

Urge incontinence causes a sudden and uncontrollable need to urinate. Although, in many cases, you might not release much urine at all. Also called overactive bladder, urge incontinence can lead to self-restriction due to a fear of unexpectedly needing to urinate when you’re not close to a bathroom.

What causes urinary incontinence?

Stress incontinence is due to weakness in your pelvic floor. Everyday occurrences like pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause can contribute to pelvic floor weakness and stress incontinence.

While pregnancy and childbirth put physical stress on your pelvic floor, the hormonal changes of menopause can cause vaginal atrophy, which weakens your pelvic floor and vaginal muscles.

Urge incontinence, on the other hand, is often due to misfiring nerve signals between your brain and your bladder. Your brain might send incorrect messages to your bladder that it’s time to empty, causing the sudden urge to urinate. If the muscles that support your bladder are tight or spasming, they can also trigger the urge to urinate.

How is urinary incontinence treated?

If you’re living with urinary incontinence, make an appointment at Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC for diagnosis and treatment. The doctors use a variety of tests, including urinalysis, bladder stress tests, and cystoscopy to identify the cause of your incontinence symptoms.

Once your doctor diagnoses the type and cause of your incontinence, they create a customized treatment plan to restore your urinary control. Depending on your needs, your treatment plan can include:

  • Pelvic floor physical therapy
  • Bladder training
  • Double voiding
  • Fluid and diet management
  • Electrical or laser stimulation of the pelvic floor muscles
  • Urethral insert or pessary
  • Surgical repair

If you have urinary incontinence symptoms, call Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC or schedule a consultation online today for effective, customized treatment.