The number of people suffering from incontinence in the United States is unknown because many are too embarrassed to seek help. Women are twice as likely to have incontinence than men. If you’re leaking urine or not making it to the bathroom in time, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Padmaja Sharma at Fremont OB/GYN in Fremont, California.
Incontinence is an uncontrollable leaking of urine caused by an accidental or involuntary loss of control of your bladder. Incontinence ranges from leaking just a few drops of urine to completely emptying your bladder. The most common types of incontinence are:
Mixed incontinence combines symptoms of more than one type of incontinence.
The most common causes of incontinence include:
In order to diagnose you with incontinence, Dr. Sharma reviews your medical history, discusses your symptoms with you, and performs a physical exam. This exam includes several tests including:
Dr. Sharma may request you keep a bladder diary that includes the amount you drink and urinate, as well as when you have urges and episodes of incontinence.
The type of treatment Dr. Sharma recommends for incontinence depends on its type, severity, and cause. Often, treatment begins with the underlying cause and requires a combination of therapies. Treatments for incontinence include:
Because incontinence tends to be embarrassing to discuss, Dr. Sharma offers a small, private setting at Fremont OB/GYN for you to get answers. Call or make an appointment online today.