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Urinary Incontinence Part 1: Finding Some Relief

As a peek at some of the most recent media content would reveal, bladder control and the complications it poses once it is lost has been given greater attention; and with that greater attention has come a more open discussion of this often stigmatized condition, showing women all over the country that they are not alone in their struggle.

What’s Your Type?

While many women may not realize it, there are two forms of incontinence—urge incontinence and stress incontinence. Most commonly, instances of stress incontinence are caused by a sudden increase of pressure on the abdomen, such as that experienced during sneezing, laughing, or exercise. While stress incontinence is usually temporary, urge incontinence is a more severe, on-going condition that is a symptom of another medical issue. Both forms, however, can be the result of a number of health and lifestyle factors; and some of these factors can be successfully reversed simply and effectively enough that incontinence becomes a non-issue, while others will require intervention of some kind, whether that includes surgery or medication. Many options are available, depending on the type, severity, and cause of the condition; and consulting with a specialist such as a urogynecologist is the very first step.

Cutting It Down

Fortunately, more research is being focused on the ways that urinary incontinence can be relieved without the need for invasive surgeries. Robotically assisted procedures including daVinci surgery have been used with increasing frequency as a method of treatment for a wide range of pelvic floor disorders such as urinary incontinence, so even women who once believed that their only option might entail traditional open surgery can take comfort in the fact that their fears of going under the knife will keep them from finding relief.

Some Stimulating Facts

Another effective method of treatment for urinary incontinence is InterStim therapy, which requires the implantation of a small neurotransmitter device under the skin near the sacral nerve, where it sends electrical impulses that stimulate the nerve to send signals to the brain that will then be communicated to the bladder and initiate the pelvic muscles to control the urge to urinate. While it does require minimally invasive surgery, the implantation can be done on an outpatient basis that requires only a few hours.

Bulking Up Hope

Not all cases of incontinence require surgical intervention, however. Some women may simply need to begin strengthening their pelvic floor muscles with Kegel exercises or through transurethral bulking agent injections including Durasphere, which penetrate the urethra and stimulate it to restructure. The urethra is physically strengthened during this bulking process, which means that lack of bladder control is no longer a concern.

Whatever their age or stage of life, women can find relief that they are not alone, that the concerns they face everyday as they suffer from urinary incontinence are not something to be ashamed of or limited by. Instead, they can take comfort in the hope that treatment is available and that soon they will find freedom to live their lives without limit or shame.

Don’t let shame control the way you live your life! Give the team at Coyle Institute a call today!