Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence Specialist
Urinary incontinence is a common problem among women, and it becomes even more so in the middle age and menopausal stages of life. Dr. Ricarda Benz, at her practice in Fullerton, California, offers a variety of urinary incontinence treatment options based on your symptoms and needs. Treatments can include both nonsurgical options and minimally-invasive surgical procedures such as a transvaginal tape procedure. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to discuss your options with Dr. Benz.

Urinary Incontinence Q & A

What are the types of urinary incontinence?

There are three general categories of urinary incontinence:

Stress incontinence

Sudden urination is related to extra pressure on the bladder. It may occur when you sneeze, laugh, or try to move heavy objects.

Urge incontinence

Urge incontinence is perhaps better known as overactive bladder. In urge incontinence, you’re often hit with the need to urinate immediately. This can mean that you experience leaks and accidents because you don't have enough advance warning that urination will occur.

Overflow incontinence

Overflow incontinence is less common than the other two types. It occurs when the bladder doesn't fully empty during urination. This leaves residual urine that can overflow and start to leak without warning.

Who is most likely to suffer from urinary incontinence?

Women are more likely to suffer from urinary incontinence than men, especially once they reach age 35. Urinary incontinence is a fairly common issue during the menopausal years. Women who are overweight or who are currently pregnant are more likely to suffer from urinary incontinence because of the bladder pressure caused by additional weight.

Smoking or high consumption of caffeinated drinks, such as coffee and diet cola, may increase the risk for urinary incontinence.

What should you do if you suffer from urinary incontinence?

The most important step to take is immediately arranging an evaluation with Dr. Benz. She can perform a thorough evaluation that takes your symptoms into account. No matter what type of urinary incontinence you may be experiencing, there are effective treatments available.

What are the treatments for urinary incontinence?

There are several different options for urinary incontinence treatment, both nonsurgical and surgical. The nonsurgical options can include lifestyle changes, oral medications, pelvic physical therapy, and treatment with the MonaLisa Touch® vaginal laser.

Surgical options include minimally-invasive procedures like the transvaginal tape procedure (TVT.) In a TVT procedure, a mesh support is placed under the urethra. It acts as a type of sling to help with proper positioning. This, in turn, can alleviate problems like urinary incontinence.

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