Perhaps one of the most annoying things for women who have given birth is to experience urinary incontinence. Sneezing, coughing, or doing any type of aerobic exercise can cause urinary leakage to happen at the most inopportune times. This embarrassing occurrence is common, occurring in an estimated 17 million women in the United States.
Female urinary incontinence is classified as not being able to control the flow of urine from the body. This medical term can be classified as a “condition” in women who experience a leakage of urine or who have a strong urge to urinate and cannot make it to the bathroom in time. The symptoms of urinary incontinence can vary widely from woman to woman. For some, a small amount of urinary leakage is nothing more than an irritation that can be handled by wearing a panty liner. For other women, however, urinary incontinence can have a huge, debilitating effect on their lives. Many women feel that they must give up being active or exercising because of the amount of urine that they release during physical activities. If this affects you, please contact Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A., to discuss your symptoms.
There are a variety of options to manage and treat the symptoms of urinary incontinence. Kegel exercises are simple “squeezes” of the vagina that can strengthen the muscles to prevent urinary leakage. Many women do these exercises during and after pregnancy to prevent urinary incontinence. For women who experience debilitating urinary incontinence, medications, catheters, and surgery can be used in order to avoid unwanted leakage.
The one thing to know about female urinary incontinence is that you are not alone. Please don’t be embarrassed by this common condition. Contact Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. today to schedule an appointment to discuss your symptoms and the frequency of your issue. We can recommend the most appropriate treatment based on your lifestyle, needs, and the severity of your issue.