Urinary incontinence is a common and often embarrassing problem for women after childbirth or menopause. If you have incontinence, you don’t have to accept symptoms as a part of your life. A leading gynecologist in Austin, Texas, Sherry Neyman, MD, MS, FACOG, specializes in women’s wellness and gynecology during all stages of life. Dr. Neyman offers effective nonsurgical treatments to improve stress incontinence so you don’t have to worry about an embarrassing situation. To request an appointment, schedule online or call Dr. Neyman’s office to speak with the friendly, all-women team.
Urinary incontinence, or loss of bladder control, is common among women after vaginal childbirth and as a result of aging. For some women, it may be an occasional leakage, but for others, symptoms are more severe and can become an embarrassing problem. Incontinence affects the quality of your life, since you may stop participating in activities you enjoy for fear of bladder leaks.
Urinary incontinence occurs differently for different people. The most common types of incontinence are:
Stress incontinence is typically the type that most women experience during pregnancy, after giving birth, or during menopause.
If you’re experiencing urinary incontinence, Dr. Sherry Neyman performs urodynamics to accurately evaluate your bladder issues. Urodynamic studies test how well your muscles hold and release urine and why you may experience leaks by analyzing bladder pressure. Depending on your type of incontinence, Dr. Neyman recommends the type of urodynamic study that can provide an accurate diagnosis so she can create an individualized treatment plan that’s most effective at relieving your symptoms and helping you have control over leaks and accidents.
Physical therapy is often the first treatment we try to conservatively manage mild stress incontinence. Some women require surgery to help reinforce the relaxed muscles with a small piece of mesh. This surgery takes about 30 min, requiring no hospital stay. You may even return back to work the next day!
Urge incontinence is not treated with surgery, and, in fact, surgery can make it worse. Bothersome urgency may be treated with medication. The team works with you to determine the correct medication and dosage to help control your symptoms so you don’t have to keep wondering how close the next bathroom is and enjoy your life!
To learn more about managing embarrassing incontinence issues and additional treatments for your specific type of incontinence, schedule a consultation by using the online booking tool or calling the caring, all-female team at Dr. Neyman’s Austin office.