Women's Health Texas – Austin

Urinary Incontinence

Our Austin OBGYNs diagnose and treat urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence can cause urine leakage and other unpleasant or even painful symptoms. Our Austin OBGYNs understand the embarrassment of incontinence in women, and we welcome the opportunity to diagnose and treat this condition.

Three types of urinary incontinence and the symptoms they cause                              

Each type of incontinence has slightly different symptoms.

  • Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is what most women think of. SUI causes urine leakage when you laugh, cry, sneeze, cough, run or exert yourself.
  • Urge incontinence, or overactive bladder, makes you feel like you have a full bladder, making you feel the urge to urinate even when your bladder is not full. You may also begin to leak urine.
  • Mixed incontinence occurs when you experience symptoms of both SUI and urge incontinence.

Help is available, so don’t ignore symptoms of incontinence.

Several factors increase your risk

Incontinence in women can be caused by urinary tract infections (UTIs), diuretics such as caffeine, alcohol, certain medications, chronic constipation, pelvic floor disorders, anatomical irregularities, or neuromuscular problems that cause disruptions to the signal between the brain and the bladder.

Certain risk factors can increase the likelihood of developing symptoms of incontinence.

  • Changes caused by aging, including the decrease in estrogen
  • Obesity
  • Having vaginal deliveries, particularly if the baby is large

Lifestyle changes can help you manage your symptoms

You may be able to manage or reduce your urinary incontinence symptoms by making lifestyle changes, especially if you have stress incontinence and urine leakage.

Losing weight can be very helpful. Eating a diet for better bladder health that eliminates foods and beverages that trigger symptoms may help. You should also aim for about six to eight glasses of water daily, but avoid drinking it in the hours before bedtime to cut down on nighttime urination and leakage. Properly performed Kegel exercises are also beneficial.

Diagnosis and treatment of incontinence in women

Our Austin OBGYNs have the tools and knowledge to diagnose and treat urinary incontinence. We can perform urodynamic testing in our office to assess how well your urethra and bladder are storing and releasing urine. Once you have a diagnosis, our physicians can recommend several treatments.

  • Pessaries are devices that help with stress urinary incontinence by supporting pelvic muscles affected by pelvic floor disorders.
  • Medications can help with some incontinence symptoms, such as leakage, the sudden urge to urinate and the frequency of urination, as well as bladder contractions
  • Surgery can be performed, using different kinds of slings that provide support to the urethra.

The discomfort and embarrassment of incontinence symptoms do not have to be something you struggle with for the rest of your life. Contact our Austin OBGYNs to learn more about how diagnosis and treatment can help reduce the problems you’re having with urinary incontinence.