Incontinence Specialist

Bella Women's Care

Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Phoenix, AZ & Mesa, AZ

Urinary incontinence can cause uncontrollable urges to urinate, sudden accidents, and other problems that can interfere with your daily life significantly. But, there’s help available at Bella Women’s Care in Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona. The expert OB/GYN team can help you find your way back from urinary incontinence. Use the online tool or call one of the offices to schedule your visit now.

Incontinence

What is urinary incontinence?

If you have urinary incontinence, you have a bladder control problem. This is common during pregnancy and menopause, but may happen anytime. There are several different types of urinary incontinence.

Stress incontinence

Stress incontinence causes accidental urine leakage due to bladder pressure. Urine leakage typically happens immediately after sneezing, laughing really hard, or making other movements that put pressure on your bladder.

Urge incontinence

Urge incontinence causes accidental urine release when you don't get to the toilet in time. If you have urge incontinence, the need to urinate hits you just seconds before you actually start urinating. Urge incontinence is also referred to as overactive bladder.

Overflow incontinence

Overflow incontinence is fairly uncommon. This type of incontinence happens when you don't totally empty your bladder while urinating. The remaining urine accumulates gradually, and eventually, you have urine leaks.

No matter what kind of urinary incontinence you’re dealing with, your Bella Women’s Care provider can help.

How is urinary incontinence diagnosed?

Diagnosis begins with a frank discussion about your symptoms along with a physical exam. You may also keep a bladder diary to track incontinence episodes. Your provider may do a urinalysis to look for traces of blood or infection that commonly indicate bladder issues.

A post-void test can help verify the type of urinary incontinence you have. In this test, you urinate and then your Bella Women’s Care provider checks how much urine remains in your bladder through either catheter or ultrasound.

What is the treatment for urinary incontinence?

There are a number of possible treatments for urinary incontinence. In some cases, lifestyle changes solve the problem. This may include:

  • Pelvic muscle exercises (Kegels)
  • Limiting fluids
  • Losing weight
  • Doing bladder training exercises

If you're in menopause, topical estrogen can often help with muscle strengthening. With stronger urethra muscles, you have better bladder control, which relieves urinary incontinence symptoms.

There are several prescription medications that treat urge incontinence, and Botox® injections can calm bladder spasticity temporarily.

A vaginal pessary is an insertable device that can support your bladder to prevent incontinence. It’s often used for pelvic organ prolapse. If conservative treatments don’t work, a surgical solution like a bladder sling may give you the long-term relief from urinary incontinence that you’re looking for.

Get relief from incontinence issues now. Book your appointment at Bella Women’s Care online or by phone today.