Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control, and one in three women will suffer from this pelvic floor disorder. This type of pelvic floor disorder is common and affects women across all ages. Unfortunately, many women are embarrassed and don’t discuss their symptoms, even with their doctors.
Types of Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence is not dangerous but many women find it is embarrassing, costly and bothersome and it negatively impacts their quality of life. Most commonly, women experience symptoms related to urgency incontinence, stress incontinence, or a combination of both (mixed urinary incontinence). If you feel that your symptoms are impacting your quality of life, you should seek medical evaluation and treatment.
Stress urinary incontinence symptoms may include:
Causes and Diagnoses
At your visit, your urogynecologist may:
Treatment for urinary incontinence varies depending on the cause of an individual woman’s symptoms and her goals for treatment. We offer surgical, non-surgical, and medication-based treatments options, and many women choose to pursue several complementary treatment options to alleviate their symptoms. Your specific treatment will be determined after a thorough evaluation and discussion between you and your pelvic health team of providers.
Stress Urinary Incontinence Treatment Options:
Most therapies for reducing symptoms related to stress urinary incontinence focus on compensating for the decreased function of the urethral sphincter and pelvic floor muscles.
Urgency Urinary Incontinence/Overactive Bladder Treatment Options:
Most therapies that address urgency urinary incontinence focus on decreasing the abnormal contractions in the bladder that lead to urinary leakage.
Why Choose Us
The urogynecologists at Northwestern Medicine Women’s Integrated Pelvic Health Program (IPHP) offer individualized care, comprehensive evaluations and both conservative and surgical treatment options for women with urinary incontinence. Our urogynecologists are all fellowship-trained and board-certified specialists in the field of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and they serve on the faculty of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Our pelvic health program is nationally recognized in clinical care and research for women with urinary incontinence, and our transdisciplinary team works together to create new treatments and innovations to address each woman’s pelvic floor symptoms.
To Request an Appointment
If you're suffering from a pelvic floor disorder, you don't have to live with the symptoms. To learn about treatment options, call 312.694.7337 to schedule an appointment with one of our urogynecologists.
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