If you leak urine when you cough or laugh or have sudden and uncontrollable urges to urinate, you may have urinary incontinence. At his practice in Brownsville, Texas, Jose Maymi, MD, a board-certified urologist, offers diagnosis and treatment for urinary continence. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help with this prevalent and often easily treated condition. Call or make an appointment online today.
Urinary incontinence occurs when you’re unable to control your bladder and unintentionally release urine. There are two common types of urinary incontinence — stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
Stress incontinence occurs when you put extra pressure on your bladder, such as the force exerted when you laugh, sneeze, or pick up something heavy, and urine leaks out of your bladder. Urge incontinence is a neurological issue that disrupts the signals that control your bladder.
Urinary incontinence is more common in women than men, but anyone can develop the condition.
Stress incontinence is the most common type of the condition, and it’s often due to weakness in your pelvic floor. Men and women may develop stress incontinence after surgery for abdominal, prostate, or other reproductive health issues.
Women have a higher risk of developing stress incontinence because of the physical trauma of pregnancy and childbirth on your pelvic floor. Additionally, as you age, your hormone production slows, and you may develop vaginal atrophy — a condition that causes your vaginal tissue to become thin, dry and weak. Vaginal atrophy contributes to pelvic floor weakness and urinary incontinence.
Irregular bladder contractions cause urge incontinence. Abnormal bladder contractions could be caused by neurological dysfunction or an infection that irritates your bladder. Health conditions such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease can also contribute to urge incontinence.
Dr. Maymi offers a wide range of customizable treatments to reduce urinary incontinence. He begins with a comprehensive physical exam to identify the cause of your incontinence. The exam may include blood and urine tests, as well as a cystoscopy to examine your bladder.
Once Dr. Maymi understands your condition, he creates a customized treatment plan to restore your bladder control and quality of life. Depending on your needs, your symptoms may subside with medication and physical therapy to strengthen your pelvic floor and bladder control.
However, he may also recommend a mid-urethral sling to support your bladder. Dr. Maymi also offers percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) and sacral neuromodulation to correct neurological malfunction that causes incontinence symptoms.
If you’re living with urinary incontinence, call Dr. Maymi or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment.