|EXPANDED CLINIC TO TREAT INCONTINENCE
About 13 million Americans experience urinary incontinence. If you're among them, don't simply accept the uncomfortable symptoms. Seek treatment – and relief – at the newly expanded Edward Women's Center for Pelvic Medicine.
Side effect of aging
Incontinence occurs when the muscles supporting the bladder are not strong enough to hold urine in. As you age, a laugh or sneeze may cause a small amount of urine to leak. Or, you may leak if you don't go to the bathroom regularly. And pelvic pain should be investigated by a physician since it may be a symptom of other issues.
Our expanded Women's Center for Pelvic Medicine treats urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, and other pelvic disorders through a unique combination of urodynamic testing, pelvic floor rehabilitation, medications, education and surgery if needed. Our center is led by board certified urogynecologists who are experts in obstetrics and gynecology.
First, your doctor performs an array of tests to determine the cause and type of your incontinence. Then they recommend a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms.
"Several types of medications are used to treat incontinence," said Michael Moen, MD, medical director of the Women's Center for Pelvic Medicine and member of Illinois Urogyne, Ltd. "When a more aggressive treatment is needed, behavioral therapy can be effective. This includes treatments such as bladder training, biofeedback and pelvic muscle exercises."
4 symptom-relieving tips
Simple therapies and modifications can immediately improve incontinence problems.
- Cut down on, or eliminate, caffeinated drinks such as coffee or soda
- Lose weight, exercise regularly and quit smoking
- Establish a regular schedule: for example, try to urinate every two or three hours
- Practice Kegel exercises which strengthen the bladder's muscles
Visit www.edward.org/urogyne for more on our expanded clinic, our medical experts, and to find out if you have bladder control issues.