Urinary Incontinence Care & Treatment
Did you know that more than 25 million people in America experience bladder leakage every day? Incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine and may be the result of aging, childbirth, surgery or other related health issues. Incontinence can vary in severity from a small leak during a sneeze or laugh, which is known as stress incontinence, to complete loss of bladder. The good news is that incontinence is treatable or manageable and it doesn’t have to interrupt your life.
Women’s Health of Central Virginia is pleased to offer education, advanced diagnostics and treatment for patients suffering from urinary incontinence.
Starting the Process…
The first step to getting help for incontinence is talking to your doctor. Women’s Health of Central Virginia encourages all women to have open and honest discussions with their health care provider about any bladder issues you may be experiencing. There are many different types and causes of incontinence, therefore it is important that you bring as much information as you can to your appointment. We will partner with you in learning about the cause of your incontinence and the best treatment options to manage or alleviate your symptoms.
Finding the Cause of Urinary Incontinence
Urodynamics is a functional study of the lower urinary tract using a group of tests that reveal how well the bladder, sphincters and urethra hold and release urine. Depending on your specific symptoms, we can perform one or more tests to help determine the cause of your incontinence. Women’s Health of Central Virginia may recommend urodynamics if you have:
- Urinary incontinence
- Leaking during coughing, sneezing
- Recurrent bladder infections
- Slow or weak urinary stream
- Incomplete bladder emptying
- Frequent urination
What Happens During Urodynamic Testing?
Urodynamic testing can range from observational testing, such as voiding onto a flow meter to measure the volume of fluid over time to slightly more invasive testing to record precise measurements using advanced diagnostic instruments. The tests are not painful and therefore do not require anesthesia of any kind. Urodynamics studies (UDS) include the following tests:
- Cystometry or cystometrogram
- Urethral Pressure Profile
- Voiding Pressure Study
A small catheter containing a sensor is carefully placed in the urethra to record more precise data, such as:
- The amount of urine left in bladder after you void
- The volume and pressure within the bladder when you are feeling the urge to urinate
- How well you control your sphincter
- Any abnormal bladder spasms or contractions
- Pressure at the point of leakage
- Pelvic floor contractions
Collecting this data provides a wealth of information to us as providers and helps us determine the best treatment for your type of urinary incontinence.
If you are suffering with issues surrounding urinary incontinence, please don’t hesitate to call Women’s Health of Central Virginia today at (434) 239-7890. We can help you find the cause and suggest treatments and ways you can manage or alleviate the symptoms of bladder leakage or incontinence.