Bladder Incontinence

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Dr. Vanderloos helps women from in and around Shreveport, LA with urogynecology issues affecting the pelvic floor, bladder, and kidneys.

What is Bladder Incontinence?

Bladder, or Urinary Incontinence, is the involuntary leakage of urine; in simple terms, it means a person urinates when they do not want to.

What is urogynecology?

Urogynecology is also called female urology. It is a medical specialty that treats issues leading to incontinence, prolapse, painful intercourse and other issues, particularly on the pelvic floor. Urogynecology also works to ensure the health of the bladder, kidneys and other structures of the urinary system. The pelvis consists of muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments and other connective tissues that work to support the bladder, uterus, vagina, and rectum, and promote proper function. Pelvic floor disorders involve damage and injury to these structures that result in weakness and dysfunction.

What are pelvic floor disorders?

Pelvic floor disorders are usually caused by trauma or damage to the area. They can occur in women who have given birth vaginally. Obesity can also cause problems with the pelvic floor. Common pelvic floor disorders include:

  • difficulty urinating or emptying the bladder
  • fecal incontinence
  • painful intercourse
  • pelvic pain
  • persistent and recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • urinary incontinence

vaginal prolapse, a condition where the vagina, uterus or other reproductive organs fall forward and causes painful pressure in the vaginal canal

What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence in women is described as either stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or overactive bladder. With SUI, damage or weakness in the pelvic floor allows urine to leak when a physical activity like sneezing, coughing, laughing or straining during exercise increases pressure on the bladder. This form of incontinence is usually treated with a combination of Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor and in some cases minimally invasive outpatient surgery. Overactive bladder is often treated with medication and is characterized by spasm of the bladder or increased bladder sensitivity.

How are pelvic floor disorders treated?

Today, there are many treatments available for pelvic floor issues like incontinence. Medications, exercise therapy and special nerve stimulation techniques designed to address overactive bladder may all be used depending on your symptoms and the medical issue causing those symptoms. Your treatment plan will be developed based on your unique medical needs and personal preferences.

Why are women more prone to UTIs?

Women experience far more UTIs than men thanks to the differences in their anatomies that make it much easier for bacteria and other pathogens to invade the female urinary tract. Most UTIs can be cleared up with a single course of antibiotics.

What is Votiva?

Votiva is the latest innovation for feminine health and vaginal restoration for women of all ages. Votiva is not only safe but beneficial for therapeutic use in the treatment of sexual dysfunction or as an adjunct to Kegel exercises (tightening of the muscles of the pelvic floor to increase muscle tone).

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