Urinary incontinence and other bladder problems can happen at the most inopportune times and ruin your self-confidence. If you’re experiencing leaking urine, OB/GYN Lawson Richter, MD, and his team can help at Compassionate Care for Women in Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada. They use simple urodynamics bladder testing and bladder instillation to relieve bladder problems so you can enjoy life to its fullest.
What are the different bladder problems?
Bladder problems are usually more common among women than men. Urinary incontinence, or loss of bladder control, affects about twice as many women as men due to pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. More than 4 in 10 women ages 65 and older experience urinary incontinence.
Stress incontinence can lead to leaking urine after physical movements, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or jumping, puts physical stress on your bladder.
Urge incontinence occurs when urine leaks after you have a strong sudden urge to urinate and you can’t get to the bathroom in time.
Overflow incontinence happens when your bladder doesn’t empty completely and you experience dribbling of urine after you urinate.
If you have an overactive bladder, your bladder squeezes urine out at the wrong time.
Interstitial cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder that causes pain and urgent, frequent urination.
What causes bladder problems?
If you have a bladder problem, especially urinary incontinence, it might be due to:
- Caffeine or alcohol
- A urinary tract infection
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Changes associated with age
- Having a hysterectomy
- A stroke or other neurological disorder
You can’t always prevent urinary incontinence and other bladder problems, but treatments are available to help reduce your symptoms.
How are bladder problems diagnosed?
At Compassionate Care for Women, Dr. Richter determines which type of bladder problem you have based on your symptoms and simple urodynamics testing. He takes a sample of your urine to analyze it for infection, blood, and other abnormalities.
He might record the time it takes for you to urinate, the volume of urine you produce, and the ability to stop urine flow midstream. Additional tests measure how much urine is left in your bladder after urination.
What is the treatment for bladder problems?
The treatment for urinary incontinence and other bladder problems depends on the type and severity of your condition. Dr. Richter might recommend the following treatments:
- Bladder training and other behavioral techniques
- Fluid and diet management
- Pelvic floor exercises
- Electrical stimulation
- Vaginal inserts for urinary incontinence
- Pacemaker implantation
- Bladder instillations, or medications instilled into your bladder via a catheter
- Surgical procedures in severe cases