How to Get Control Over Your Incontinence

How to Get Control Over Your Incontinence

The first thing that we want you to understand about bladder control issues is that the problem is very common — more than 25 million people in the United States experience daily urinary leakage. While there may be some comfort in knowing you’re not alone, the real relief comes with knowing that there are treatments that can help you gain control over your bladder.

At Broward Specialty Group, our team of multidisciplinary providers includes urology experts who specialize in conditions like bladder control and urinary incontinence.

Here, we explore the different types of bladder control issues and how we can go about restoring your control and your quality of life.

The primary types of bladder control issues

Urinary incontinence, which is typically the result of a bladder control issue, can be broken down into five main types, including:

Stress urinary incontinence

This common form of urinary incontinence occurs when you place added stress on your bladder, such as coughing or sneezing, which forces urine out. Women are prone to this type of incontinence due to pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause, while men experience the same condition due to prostate problems.

Urge incontinence

With this type of incontinence, you feel a frequent and urgent need to urinate, even if your bladder isn’t full, and you’re unable to control the urge. Urge incontinence can develop on the heels of certain conditions, such as diabetes or a neurological disorder.

Mixed incontinence

As the name suggests, mixed incontinence is a combination of urge and stress incontinence.

Overflow incontinence

If your bladder doesn’t void completely, you may experience urinary leakage due to overflow incontinence.

Functional incontinence

If you have a physical or mental condition that prevents you from making it to the bathroom in time, we call this functional incontinence.

Regaining control over your bladder

If you’re having issues with bladder control, the first step is to come see us so that we can identify the type of incontinence you may be experiencing. Once we have a clearer picture, we can recommend several treatment options, which may include one or more of the following:

You can also do your part by steering clear of certain beverages that can contribute to bladder control issues, especially those that contain caffeine or alcohol.

The bottom line is that our goal is the same as yours — improved bladder control — and we work with you until we find a satisfactory solution.

If you want to improve your bladder control, contact one of our three offices in Coconut Creek, Delray Beach, or Pompano Beach, Florida, to schedule a consultation.

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