Women experiencing problems with urine leakage may be diagnosed by their doctor with a condition known as urinary incontinence. By learning more about this condition and what causes it, women in the McKinney, TX area can have a better understanding of the issue and seek effective treatment options with Dr. Craig Ranch.
What is urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence refers to an involuntary leakage of urine. This is a common problem seen in women as they age. In fact, the American Urological Association reports that anywhere from 25-33% of men and women in the United States experience some level of urinary incontinence. By speaking with a doctor about this condition, women can seek a treatment that works best for their unique situation.
What causes urinary incontinence?
This condition can be caused by a variety of factors, which may include:
- Changes after pregnancy
- Weak pelvic floor
What treatments are available for urinary incontinence?
First and foremost, patients need to get a proper diagnosis before they can discuss treatment with their doctor. Dr. Craig Ranch will provide a diagnosis after a physical evaluation and a discussion of the patient’s symptoms. The severity of the condition may play a role in the treatment option chosen. For example, women who have mild urinary incontinence may choose to perform Kegel pelvic floor exercises daily and use panty liners to absorb small amounts of urine. Women with more severe cases of urinary incontinence may decide against this and choose a more proactive approach to their condition, including:
- Bladder training exercises to reduce severity
- Anticholinergic medication to address urge incontinence
- Topical estrogen to strengthen urethra and vaginal tissues
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Urethral inserts
- Botox injections
- Bulking agents
- Radiofrequency therapies for firming tissues in the lower urinary tract
Are you experiencing the symptoms of urinary incontinence?
Connect with Dr. Craig Ranch of the McKinney, TX area today to learn more about this condition and to seek effective treatment. Our practice is located at 7900 Henneman Way, Suite 100 and can be reached by phone for an appointment at (214) 544-6600. Our facility is always accepting new and existing patients seeking solutions for their reproductive health.