About one-third of women may experience stress urinary incontinence during some point in their lives. If urine leaks happen with a simple cough, sneeze, or laugh, then stress urinary incontinence may be the culprit. At Associated Urologists of North Carolina, with locations in Apex, Cary, Clayton, Clinton, Dunn, Raleigh, and Wake Forest, North Carolina, experienced urologists use advanced treatments to relieve stress incontinence and restore your quality of life. Schedule an appointment to learn more about your options today.
Stress urinary incontinence is a condition in which your bladder leaks urine during inconvenient times, and you can’t control it. For example, you might experience urine leaks when you:
Leaks may occur as a result of pressure on your bladder or weakened pelvic floor or sphincter muscles around your bladder’s opening.
Women are more likely than men to experience stress urinary incontinence. Other risk factors for stress incontinence include:
The cause of stress urinary incontinence isn’t always clear, but nonetheless, treatment helps reduce or eliminate symptoms to restore your quality of life.
To diagnose stress urinary incontinence and determine the best treatment for you, your specialist at Associated Urologists of North Carolina reviews your symptoms and medical history. They also complete a physical examination.
Your urologist might perform a neurological exam, take a urine sample, complete urine stress tests, and utilize bladder function tests to measure post-void urine or bladder pressure. They may also recommend imaging tests or examine your bladder using cystoscopy by inserting a scope inside the bladder.
Your personalized stress urinary incontinence treatment plan depends on the cause and severity of your condition. Your urologist might recommend one or more of the following treatments:
Don’t live with stress urinary incontinence, as it’s often inconvenient and embarrassing. Schedule an appointment with Associated Urologists of North Carolina today.