Women lead busy lives and don’t have time to deal with excessive trips to the bathroom, but as many as one-third of Americans suffer from incontinence or overactive bladder. At Alliance for Women’s Health, Dr. Maurice Chung and his team offer comprehensive care for this delicate condition. Women in the Lima, Ohio, area are encouraged to make an appointment with Dr. Chung and begin a path to improved bladder control and restored confidence in their daily lives.

Incontinence Q & A

Alliance for Women's Health Inc

What is incontinence?

There are five main types of incontinence, each presenting specific challenges.

Stress incontinence

Occurs when you experience leaking urine when you laugh, cough, sneeze, or engage in exercise or other types of exertion.

Urge incontinence

Occurs when you experience a sudden, strong urge to urinate, followed by leaking urine. Urge incontinence is also known as overactive bladder.

Mixed incontinence

This is a condition where you suffer from both urge and stress incontinence at once.

Overflow incontinence

Less common in women than in men, this is marked by an inability to fully empty your bladder, which can lead to leaked urine when your bladder becomes full.

Functional Incontinence

Occurs when a specific medical condition prevents you from reaching the bathroom in time, leading to an accident.

What causes urinary incontinence?

Incontinence can be caused by numerous factors and can occur at any age. Common causes include:

  • Medical conditions
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy or childbirth
  • Certain medications
  • Hysterectomy
  • Menopause

The cause of your incontinence dictates the course of your treatment.

What are some treatment options for incontinence?

Dr. Chung is a urogynecology specialist. He takes a holistic approach to treatment, recognizing that the bladder, uterus, pelvis, and muscles of the reproductive system are all connected.

Some women respond well to medications that calm and soothe muscles and nerves to prevent bladder spasms. Others can strengthen their pelvic floor muscles through Kegel exercises, which can help to prevent urine leakage.

Specific devices can be helpful when other approaches have failed. A pessary, which is a type of ring, can be inserted into the vagina to change the position of your urethra. A surgical procedure can position a small ribbon of mesh to provide additional support to your bladder.

InterStim™ is an exciting and innovative treatment option that helps women achieve greater bladder control. The InterStim system uses a small implant to provide electrical stimulation to the sacral nerve, which researchers believe is instrumental in communicating signals between your bladder and brain.

Finding the right treatment path can make a world of difference in the quality of your daily life. If you’re suffering from any form of urinary incontinence, Dr. Chung urges you to schedule an appointment to discuss your options.  

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