Incontinence

Palm Valley Women's Care

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Phoenix, AZ & Avondale, AZ

Urinary incontinence, or the loss of bladder control, affects twice as many women as men. You don’t need to suffer from embarrassing leaks. At Palm Valley Women’s Care, Miles Howard, MD, George Davidson, MD, and the experienced team offer on-site urodynamic testing to pinpoint the reason for your incontinence and recommend an appropriate treatment. The practice offers two convenient locations in Phoenix and Avondale, Arizona. Call your nearest office to book a consultation.

Incontinence Q & A

Why am I incontinent?

Incontinence is very common. It comes in a few different forms, including:

Urge incontinence

With this type, you feel a sudden, overwhelming urge to urinate. You might find it challenging to make it to the bathroom in time, and you might have to urinate often, including throughout the night.

Stress incontinence

This form of incontinence is characterized by leaking urine when you laugh, cough, or sneeze. Physical activity also can cause leaks. 

In some cases, you can have both forms of incontinence. This is known as mixed incontinence.

What causes incontinence?

Short- and long-term factors may cause incontinence. Short-term causes of incontinence include:

  • Medicines that act as diuretics
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Caffeinated drinks 

Long-term causes often involve problems with your nerves or muscles that control the flow of urine. For example, as many as 40% of women experience urinary incontinence while pregnant, as the growing baby puts pressure on your bladder and pelvic floor muscles. 

Labor and delivery also may damage your pelvic floor muscles and nerves. In addition, menopause or a hysterectomy may lead to incontinence. 

What tests do I need for incontinence?

Your provider at Palm Valley Women’s Care recommends urodynamic testing, which is a series of tests to evaluate how you store and empty urine from your bladder. 

The simple, painless analysis is performed in the convenience of Palm Valley Women’s Care’s offices. Urodynamic testing helps to assess the reason for:

  • Urine leaks
  • Incomplete emptying of the bladder
  • Frequent urination
  • Intermittent or weak urine stream

Urodynamic testing also is advised with persistent urinary tract infections.

How is incontinence treated?

Your provider at Palm Valley Women’s Care recommends an appropriate treatment for urinary incontinence based on the type of incontinence and the root cause. 

Palm Valley Women’s Care offers eurodynamic testing and in-office urinary continence testing as well as various operations if needed.

For example, you may be a candidate for surgery if you’re experiencing uterine prolapse, where your uterus has dropped into your vaginal canal. Surgery also can treat bladder prolapse or rectal prolapse.

Your provider may talk to you about a sling procedure, which treats stress incontinence. The surgery involves placing a sling made of mesh around the neck of your bladder to keep your urethra closed and stop urine leakage. 

You don’t need to suffer from incontinence when effective treatment is available from the team at Palm Valley Women’s Care. Call your nearest office today to book a consultation.