Women who are struggling with incontinence should visit a gynecologist for help. As one, we help a lot of women who struggle to prevent leaks on a daily basis. Many women suffer from severe incontinence or minor leaks on a daily basis after having children. Since pregnancy and delivering a baby can place serious strain on the body, the more children a woman has had, the more likely it is that she will suffer from incontinence.
Unfortunately, many women are embarrassed by this problem to the point that they do not ask for help. It is important to know that if you are struggling with this issue, you are not alone, help is available and it is possible to regain some control. Overall, incontinence may seem like a simple issue, for anyone who is suffering from regular bladder leaks, is anything but. They can be terribly embarrassing due to the inconvenience and smell.
Plus, for many women their incontinence causes them to restrict their activities and even limit places that they go for fear that a restroom will not be close by. This is no way to live. With our help, many of our patients regain full control of their lifestyle so that fear of bladder leaks is no longer what drives them.
Solutions offered by a gynecologist
Initially, we may recommend that a patient begins with therapy. Just like muscles in other areas of the body can be strengthened, the muscles controlling the bladder can be strengthened as well. Going to therapy can help by teaching patients certain exercises that are useful for strengthening the muscles in their pelvic floor.
Exercises are typically the first place to start since this is a noninvasive and non-medicated solution that has been proven to be effective for many women. With that being said, we also know that it is not always enough. Some women need further assistance. In that case, we may recommend the following:
- Antibiotics. It is possible to suffer from vaginitis without realizing it. This infection is bacterial and can be treated with a course of antibiotics. Sometimes creams are prescribed as well. Once the infection is gone, the symptoms of incontinence should be eliminated or greatly reduced.
- Surgery. It may be necessary to schedule surgery to repair pelvic support defects or something like a uterine prolapse or urethral diverticulum. These are normal occurrences after giving birth but often go undiagnosed and untreated. This is because many women do not discuss leaks with their physician. However, once we know there is a problem, we can complete an examination and if we determine that there are pelvic support defects, complete surgery to correct them right away.
Do not live with this
This is not something that a woman has to live with. There are treatment options that can help, and we can help to explore them all. We help patients to do so on a regular basis and recommend scheduling an appointment so that we can assist you as well.