How to Cope with Stress Incontinence

How to Cope with Stress Incontinence

Various factors, including aging, contribute to stress incontinence. If you have this condition, physical pressure or activity – in other words, stress – can cause your bladder to unintentionally leak urine. Stress incontinence can be extremely embarrassing, not to mention frustrating. How can you keep living your best life if you can’t reliably control your bladder?

If you’re dealing with stress incontinence, contact the team at the Urology Center of Orange County to learn how to resolve your symptoms. Our team diagnoses the underlying cause of your stress incontinence, and recommends effective treatment methods that can work for you to end stress incontinence leakage.

With the help of Dr. Khaled Fareed and his team, our patients from around the Fountain Valley, California, area can finally relax about stress incontinence. If you could use some advice on dealing with stress incontinence, here’s what you need to hear.

Understanding your stress incontinence

The first thing to do when you’re confronted with stress incontinence is to understand what’s happening in your urinary system. Urinary incontinence isn’t the same as overactive bladder (OAB), a condition when your bladder frequently contracts, making you feel like you need to go to the bathroom suddenly and urgently. 

Stress incontinence is likely to be related to an external trigger or stressor, like a sneeze, a cough, lifting something heavy, or running. If you have stress incontinence, the pressure that this stressor puts on your bladder results in leaks. These can be small or large, but either way, you need support to cope with the condition.

Stress incontinence affects women more often than men.

Diagnosing your urinary condition

At the Urology Center of Orange County, we offer patient-centered care that takes the whole person into account. When it comes to diagnosing the cause of your stress incontinence, we look at your medical history, as well as performing a physical exam, which may include a rectal or pelvic exam.

Dr. Fareed uses urine sample testing to look for infection or other abnormalities. Urinary stress testing and bladder function testing can also help us learn more about your condition, as can simple neurological examinations.

You may also need urodynamic tests to evaluate the function of your bladder and urethra.

Getting rid of stress incontinence

Once you know the cause of your stress incontinence, it’s time to focus on effective treatment strategies to reduce the role of urinary leaking in your life.

Dr. Fareed may recommend treatment strategies including behavior therapies focused on developing your pelvic floor muscles or changing your fluid consumption patterns or bladder voiding schedule. Biofeedback treatment sometimes makes exercises for pelvic floor strengthening more effective.

Dietary and lifestyle changes like avoiding caffeine and alcohol, quitting smoking, losing weight, or addressing a chronic cough may also be helpful in reducing the frequency of your urinary incontinence symptoms.

For female patients, devices including vaginal pessaries and urethral inserts can control stress incontinence.

You also have surgical treatment options. Surgery can strengthen the neck of your bladder or support your sphincter in closing more completely. Your provider at the Urology Center of Orange County can tell you more about the surgical options available to you based on your symptoms, gender, and other health factors.

For effective help coping with stress incontinence, get in touch with Dr. Fareed and the team at the Urology Center of Orange County today. Book your initial consultation appointment online or over the phone now.

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