Also called “urinary incontinence,” incontinence is a common condition in which urine involuntarily leaks out of your body. It may happen occasionally when you cough or sneeze or become a more severe problem in which you frequently experience sudden urination before you have a chance to make it to a restroom.
Urinary incontinence isn’t an illness, but is a symptom caused by underlying issues. Mild cases may be caused and more severe cases may be worsened by foods or drinks that increase urine volume such as coffee, energy drinks, soft drinks, and other caffeinated or carbonated beverages, hefty doses of vitamin B or C, certain drugs such as blood pressure medications or sedatives, and foods containing corn syrup or artificial sweeteners.
Urinary tract infections and constipation may also trigger urinary incontinence. Persistent flare-ups may be caused by pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, a hysterectomy, an obstruction in the urinary tract, or diseases such as prostate cancer or Parkinson’s disease.
Treatment for urinary incontinence involves addressing the underlying cause. In addition to any needed medical treatment, symptoms may be managed through lifestyle changes such as avoiding trigger foods or beverages, doing Kegel or pelvic floor exercises aimed at tightening your bladder muscles, and performing bladder training exercises that help gradually increase time between bathroom trips. The exciting news is that there are some new noninvasive and nonsurgical painless procedures, performed in office with no downtime that are extremely effective. In some cases medication or surgery is necessary to alleviate symptoms. During your initial consultation, Dr. Turner will explain your options, and together you’ll decide which plan best suits your needs and lifestyle.
When more conservative treatments fail to minimize your symptoms, surgery can usually help. Dr. Turner offers minimally-invasive procedures, most of which can be performed under general or local anesthesia on an outpatient basis.