Strictly speaking, urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. It can cause you to leak urine with routine activities throughout your day. Other forms of the disorder can cause constant dribbling of urine due to incomplete emptying of your bladder.
Urinary incontinence affects millions of Americans daily and is usually separated into types, which include:
You may also experience urinary incontinence due to a physical impairment, such as arthritis, which prevents you from getting to the bathroom quickly.
Several factors can influence your bladder’s ability to retain urine. Stress urinary incontinence, for instance, may occur following childbirth when a vaginal delivery damages the muscles and nerves responsible for bladder control.
Other typical causes of persistent urinary incontinence include:
Conditions that may cause temporary issues with urinary incontinence include urinary tract infections, constipation, or a high dose of vitamin C. Smoking, a family history of urinary incontinence, and obesity that puts pressure on your bladder also increase your risk of developing urinary incontinence.
The first step in effectively treating your urinary incontinence requires identification of the underlying cause. Dr. Coutinho uses a detailed physical exam, a careful review of your symptoms, and a variety of diagnostic studies to diagnose the reason for your incontinence.
He then recommends the best treatment available for your issues, which may include:
Dr. Karl Coutinho is considered an in-network provider with the following insurance plans. This is not a complete list, if you do not see your plan listed please contact our office to verify your benefits.