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Urinary Incontinence Specialists

Alabama UROGYN -  - Urogynecology

Alabama UROGYN

Urogynecology & Gynecologic Surgery located in Fairhope, AL

Roughly 20 million women in the United States suffer from some type of urinary incontinence. Bladder control problems can cause embarrassing and uncomfortable symptoms. At Alabama UROGYN, board-certified urogynecologist Robert Brown, MD, FACOG, FPMRS, and his team offer nonsurgical and minimally invasive treatment options to end your struggles with urinary incontinence. To schedule a confidential consultation with a caring and experienced physician, call the office in Fairhope, Alabama, or book online today.

Urinary Incontinence Q & A

What is Urinary Incontinence?

 

The urinary sphincter muscle holds your urine inside your body. When you relieve yourself, you voluntarily loosen this muscle to release urine. But sometimes the urinary sphincter weakens, causing you to lose control of your bladder.

The most common type of urinary incontinence is stress incontinence. This involves urine that leaks due to pressure on your bladder. Coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising, and lifting can cause stress incontinence.

Women may also experience other types of urinary incontinence, including:

  • Urge incontinence: sudden, intense urge to urinate and inability to hold your urine
  • Overflow incontinence: ongoing urinary leakage due to problems emptying your bladder
  • Mixed incontinence: a combination of two or more types of incontinence

 

What Causes Urinary Incontinence?

A variety of factors can contribute to urinary incontinence. These include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Vaginal childbirth
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Aging
  • Menopause
  • Obesity
  • Recent gynecological procedures
  • Diabetes

 

Neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis, can also result in urinary incontinence.

 

Can Urinary Incontinence Be Treated?

Your treatment for urinary incontinence will vary, depending on your symptom’s type and severity. Dr. Brown may suggest starting with lifestyle changes, medication, or pelvic floor exercises to improve your bladder challenges. If these steps fail to help sufficiently or your symptoms are moderate to severe, he may recommend a minimally-invasive procedure that brings a quick recovery, such as:


  • Sacral neuromodulation therapy, with Axonics or Interstim, regulates nerves involved in bladder control, reducing the urgency and frequency of incontinence and overactive bladder symptoms 
  • Botox: for relaxation of the bladder muscles involved in causing overactive bladder with urge incontinence.
  • Urethral bulking through the cystoscope, to reduce leaking with coughing and sneezing
  • Tension-free vaginal tape (TVT), the “gold standard” for stress incontinence has an up to 90% success rate and has been safely used for over 20 years
  • Laser and radiofrequency treatments use concentrated light and sound energy to stimulate tissue regeneration in the pelvic region, sometimes combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP)


To learn more about female urinary incontinence or your treatment options, call Alabama UROGYN or request an appointment with Dr. Brown or one of his team members. Our experienced professionals would love to help you get to a place of greater wellness and comfort.