At the Institute for Incontinence and Vaginal Reconstruction, we educate, diagnose, and treat urological conditions such as urinary incontinence, bladder cancer, kidney stones, prostate cancer and other male reproductive conditions. Our urologists go above and beyond patient’s expectations by using the latest and most advanced technology and procedures.
If you would like to schedule an appointment at our Los Angeles bladder control facility, please contact our center by calling 310.307.3552 today.
Bladder Control Loss in Females
Talking about incontinence isn’t always something that is easy to do, but it is very important. Preparing for a conversation about your urinary incontinence may make it easier.
During your initial incontinence appointment, your doctor may ask you questions such as the following:
- When did you start having urinary trouble?
- Have you ever had symptoms of a weak bladder in the past?
- What medications are you currently on?
- How often do you find that you cannot control your bladder?
Sometimes it also helps to talk about incontinence if you acknowledge it as a medical condition that needs treatment, just as high blood pressure. Treatment options for bladder control loss span from behavioral techniques and physical therapy to medication, and in some cases, surgical devices.
Although urinary incontinence can be a sensitive and sometimes embarrassing procedure to talk about, it is important to speak to your doctor if it happens on a frequent basis, restricts you from social activities, interferes with your daily life, is becoming embarrassing, or increases the risk of falls when running to the toilet. If any of these situations are occurring, you should seek treatment immediately.
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Diagnosing Urinary Leakage
When diagnosing urinary incontinence, your urologist will perform a general exam at our Beverly Hills health center. Your surgeon will carefully walk through your history in order to pinpoint the cause of the bladder control loss. He or she will look for any signs of medical conditions that would have incontinence as a symptom such as tumors that may block the urinary tract, stool impaction, and poor sensations-which may be evidence of a nerve related cause.
A test often performed is the measurement of bladder capacity and residual urine for evidence of poorly functioning bladder muscles. Other tests for urinary incontinence include:
- Stress test: The patient relaxes, then coughs vigorously as the doctor watches for loss of urine.
- Urinalysis: Urine is tested for evidence of infection, urinary stones, or other contributing causes.
- Blood tests: Blood is taken, sent to a laboratory, and examined for substances related to causes of incontinence.
- Ultrasound: Sound waves are used to visualize the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.
- Cystoscopy: A thin tube with a tiny camera is inserted in the urethra and used to see the inside of the urethra and bladder.
- Urodynamics: Various techniques measure pressure in the bladder and the flow of urine.
Contact Beverly Hills Urologists Today
If you have concerns about urinary incontinence or are looking for more information about bladder control loss, schedule a consultation with one of our talented urologists in Beverly Hills today by filling out our contact form.