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Treating Incontinence in Women

When to See a Doctor

If you are encountering any of these symptoms on an ongoing basis, it is time to see your doctor. As urological specialists, our patients are often referred to us by primary care providers or OB/GYNs.

We do a thorough examination including a medical history intake and current symptom questionnaire, followed by a physical examination. From there we can determine whether any other tests are needed, which could include a simple urine test, or further imaging through an ultrasound or cystoscopy, which provide us with an actual view of your organs and any damaged tissue surrounding them. Other common tests for incontinence may include a bladder stress test or a series of tests called urodynamics, which can show us how effectively your bladder is filling and emptying.

How Is Incontinence Treated?

Once we are able to diagnose the issue, we will build a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and accounting for your lifestyle. While treatment takes some time and effort, often we are able to prescribe simple exercises you can do at home to effectively solve the problem.

Other times we may need to go the route of additional medical treatment, which could involve the use of a vaginal pessary — a small device inserted into the vagina to help support the muscles around the urethra and pelvic floor. We can also treat the weakened tissue by inserting collagen, or prescribing medications with estrogen. Occasionally, surgery is required to help with the position and proper functioning of the bladder.

If you are struggling with urinary incontinence, do not withhold this information from your doctor, even if you find it embarrassing to talk about. We see this issue quite often and it can typically be treated with some simple steps. Book an appointment with us if you suspect any incontinence issues, and we can help create a treatment plan that works for you.

Dr Stacey Ong
NAU Urology Specialist