Urinary Incontinence Specialist

If urinary incontinence affects your daily activities, don't hesitate to see Medical Arts OB/GYN located in San Mateo, California.

Urinary Incontinence

What Is Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence, or loss of bladder control, can be an embarrassing problem, but it is also common among many people. The severity of it can range from occasional leakage of urine as the result of a cough or sneeze or having an urge to urinate that's so sudden and strong you cannot reach the toilet in time.

What Types of Incontinence Are There?

Urinary incontinence can have many different levels. The specific types include:

  • Stress incontinence – Urine will leak when pressure is placed on the bladder. This includes coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising, or lifting a heavy item.
  • Urge incontinence – This is a sudden urge to urinate followed by involuntary urine loss. You may need to urinate often, including throughout the night.
  • Overflow incontinence – A frequent and constant dribbling of urine due to a bladder that cannot empty out completely.
  • Mixed incontinence - Experiencing more than one type of urinary incontinence.

Urinary incontinence is a symptom that is caused by everyday habits, an underlying medical condition, or physical problems. The good news is it can be treated no matter the type of incontinence.

How Is Urinary Incontinence Treated?

Treatment for urinary incontinence begins with a thorough examination from a health care professional. A combination of treatments may be needed. These can include noninvasive techniques, such as behavioral techniques of bladder training, pelvic floor muscle exercises, or electrical stimulation. The doctor might combine these techniques with medications to calm an overactive bladder, interventional therapies, or as a last resort, surgery might be recommended. Surgery can involve the use of sling procedures, bladder neck suspension, or prolapse surgery. Your doctor is likely to suggest the least invasive treatments first and move on to other options only if these techniques fail.

If you would like to more information, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with us at Medical Arts Obstetrics and Gynecology and see how we can help you.


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136 North San Mateo Drive , Suite 101
San Mateo, CA 94401
Phone: 650-249-9377
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