Incontinence is a common problem for many women, and they often feel embarrassed that they don’t have full control over their bladder. Nancy L. Thornton, MD, FACOG, is a highly skilled Gynecologist with over 30 years of experience in helping women with incontinence and related problems. If you’re dealing with incontinence, Dr. Thornton provides effective, personalized treatment options at her practice in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Call the office today or book an appointment online.
Incontinence is a loss of control over your bladder, so you may find you leak a small amount of urine when you sneeze or laugh, or you could be taken by surprise with an urge to urinate that you can’t control and you don’t make it to the toilet quickly enough.
There are several different types of incontinence:
You can also have a combination of two or more different types of incontinence, called mixed incontinence.
Incontinence is a symptom of a medical condition or physical problem, so there could be a number of different causes. In some cases, where the incontinence is temporary, it could be triggered by consuming diuretics or certain types of medications, including:
Incontinence is also a frequent symptom of urinary tract infections (UTIs) such as cystitis, and constipation can also be a cause of incontinence.
Stress incontinence is often a result of pregnancy and childbirth, due to the pressure of the growing baby and the strain of giving birth, which can weaken the muscles that enable you to control your bladder, and may damage nerves and tissues connected to the bladder.
Incontinence is a symptom rather than a diagnosis, and treatment depends on what’s causing the incontinence. Dr. Thornton identifies any underlying conditions that could be causing your incontinence and treats those first. There are also actions you can take to improve bladder control, including:
Additional treatment methods include:
Incontinence tends to be thought of as a symptom of aging and it’s true that it’s more likely to occur in older people, but it can affect women at any stage of their life. If you’re experiencing any form of incontinence, call Dr. Nancy L. Thornton today or book an appointment online.