Bladder leakage is twice as common in women as it is in men, and while you can experience the embarrassing leakage at any age, your risk increases as you get older. The good news is that bladder leakage is treatable. Steven R. Poliakoff, MD, with offices in South Miami and Miami Beach, Florida, is a urogynecologist and specializes in the management of bladder leakage. To get help from an experienced physician, call the office today or request an appointment online.
Bladder leakage, which is medically referred to as urinary incontinence, occurs when you lose control over the contents of your bladder and leak urine. The amount of urine you leak may be a small dribble or the entire contents of your bladder.
There are many different types of bladder leakage, but the two types that affect women include:
Stress incontinence is the most common type and often affects younger women. You may develop stress incontinence if your pelvic floor muscles weaken and put pressure on your bladder. Any normal everyday activity that puts pressure on these muscles may lead to bladder leakage, such as a sneeze or cough.
Urge incontinence tends to develop in women as they get older. Also referred to as overactive bladder, this condition causes you to feel an intense urge to urinate. You may feel this urgency several times a day and only urinate a small amount. In some cases, the urgency is so strong you may not make it to the bathroom in time.
Many women suffer from both stress and urge incontinence at the same time, which is referred to as mixed incontinence.
Bladder leakage often develops if there’s an issue with the nerves or muscles that support bladder function and the release of urine. Women are at greater risk of bladder leakage because of all the changes their body goes through with pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause.
Dr. Poliakoff is a urogynecologist and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of bladder leakage. He develops individualized treatment plans for your bladder leakage based on the type and your symptoms. Dr. Poliakoff may initially make recommendations for things you can do at home to improve your control over your bladder, such as:
Dr. Poliakoff also offers collagen implants to help control bladder leakage caused by a weakened urethra. He also offers pelvic reconstructive surgery as a treatment option for incontinence.
Bladder leakage is common in women, but can be treated. Dr. Poliakoff offers unparalleled treatment and testing of conditions that affect your urinary system. For an evaluation and treatment plan, call the office today or request an appointment online.