Discussing urinary incontinence with OBGYN Victoria Wheeler
OBGYN Victoria Wheeler understands that many women don’t like to talk about problems with urination and leakage. She says, “Urinary incontinence can be a difficult topic for patients to discuss, but it is very treatable with nonsurgical means.”
Losing bladder control or leaking urine affects two times as many women as men. Menopause, pregnancy and childbirth are all events that affect not only women’s bladders but their other pelvic organs. The problem is more common in women aged 65 and older, but women of any age may develop urinary issues.
What causes urinary incontinence symptoms?
According to our Austin OBGYN, “There are three common types of incontinence: stress, urge and mixed incontinence. All of these have involuntary urine loss in common.” Women also can leak urine when they feel a strong urge sensation or when they laugh, cough, sneeze or take part in physical activity. Many issues can cause incontinence.
- Certain medications and caffeinated drinks
- Infections of the urinary tract or bladder
- Being overweight or obese
- Problems with chronic constipation
- Family history
- Certain neurological diseases such as a stroke
Our Austin OBGYN recommends lifestyle changes to help with urinary issues
Lifestyle changes not only help decrease the risk of incontinence problems but also help alleviate symptoms. Here are some of Dr. Wheeler’s suggestions.
- Get to and maintain a healthy weight to help take pressure off the bladder.
- Talk to our physicians about managing liquid intake.
- Avoid foods that can stimulate the bladder, like spicy, sugary and acidic foods
- Learn to do Kegel exercises properly to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
- Get help for constipation
- Quit smoking which can aggravate incontinence symptoms
OBGYN Victoria Wheeler expertly diagnoses and treats urinary problems
According to Victoria Wheeler MD, diagnosing urinary issues may be a multi-step process. “Taking a thorough medical history is necessary to determine the type of urinary incontinence. During the physical examination, we can do a simple cough test to see if there is any leakage. After the initial examination, I may order a urinalysis, a bladder stress test, urodynamic testing or an ultrasound examination.”
There are several nonsurgical treatments available for incontinence. Lifestyle changes can help. Inserting a vaginal pessary device can reduce stress incontinence. Women can also learn bladder training, teaching the body to empty the bladder at certain timed intervals.
OBGYN Victoria Wheeler helps women understand urinary incontinence and how it affects their bodies. She also offers expert diagnosis and treatment. If you have a urinary or bladder issue, contact us for an appointment with our compassionate Austin OBGYN.