At the Institute for Incontinence and Vaginal Reconstruction, our goal is to provide all of our patients with the best and most comprehensive treatment available. When suffering from female incontinence, a urinary tract infection, or any other urological disorder, you may have a number of questions regarding treatment and care. The following FAQ contains some of the most common questions regarding female urology.
If you have a question that’s not on this list, please feel free to contact our expert urologists today to learn more about diagnosis and treatment options.
Frequently Asked Questions About Female Incontinence
Q: What is incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. It is a very common and often embarrassing problem for men and women of all ages.
Q: Is incontinence dangerous?
Urinary incontinence could lead to rashes, sores, and urinary tract infections if not treated properly. This could also be a sign of something more serious, therefore it may be a good idea to be evaluated by an expert.
Q: What are the risk factors of female incontinence?
Smoking, diabetes, obesity, gender, and old age are all risk factors for incontinence. Some diseases and conditions also can make this condition worse.
Q: What are some complications associated with incontinence?
Skin problems, urinary tract infections, and vaginal prolapse can all be complications of this condition. Prolapse is when part of the vagina, bladder, or urethra can fall into the entrance of the vagina. In those cases, surgical treatment is usually recommended.
Q: How do I know if my incontinence is serious?
If incontinence may be causing you to restrict your activities and limit your social interactions to avoid embarrassment or putting you at risk as you rush to the toilet, it may be time to speak with a doctor.
Q: What kind of doctor should I see for female incontinence?
Our urologists are board certified and use only the latest technology and most advanced practices available.
Q: What are the causes of incontinence?
Incontinence can be brought on by different reasons. There are 4 different types of female incontinence: stress, urge, overflow, functional, and mixed (a combination of factors).
Q: Do I have to wear diapers for incontinence?
Q: How do you treat incontinence?
Treatment for urinary incontinence depends on the type, the severity of your problem and the underlying cause. Your doctor will recommend the approaches best suited to your condition. Sometimes a combination of treatments provides the best outcome.
Q: Is urinary incontinence a common problem?
Yes, mostly affecting women over the age of 50, urinary incontinence can affect any gender, age, or race. Most of the time it is underreported because of embarrassment. It is unfortunate not enough people realize there are simple treatment options available.
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