Bladder leakage, or incontinence, affects millions of American women … most of whom have never even discussed this with their physicians. Many women mistakenly believe that this is an inevitable consequence of aging, but one third of women with this problem develop it before age 35!
Urinary incontinence (UI), or the unintentional loss of urine, is a problem for more than 13 million Americans, and 85% of them are women. Although about half of the elderly have some episodes of UI, the problem is not a natural consequence of aging, and is not exclusively a problem of the elderly. Women are most likely to develop the problem either during pregnancy or childbirth, or after the hormonal changes of menopause, because of weakened pelvic muscles.
The Women’s Bladder Center offers expertise in diagnostic, non-surgical, and surgical options in treating this disorder.
At The Women’s Bladder Center, we are dedicated to educating women that they need not live with urinary leakage. There are new treatment options available, even if previous treatment methods were unsuccessful. We have the ability to provide patients with a full clinical workup of UI with urodynamic testing within our office suite, which helps our doctors to differentiate between the different types of UI, in order to provide you with the best treatment options. There are medications that can be prescribed to help with this condition, as well as other non-surgical and surgical options.
We hope that the information below is helpful in explaining the differing types of urinary incontinence, as well as the treatment options available.
A Urogynecologist is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist who has specialized in the care of women with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. The Pelvic Floor is the muscles, ligaments, connective tissue, and nerves that help support and control the rectum, uterus, vagina, and bladder. The pelvic floor can be damaged by childbirth, repeated heavy lifting, chronic disease, or surgery.
Urogynecologists have completed medical school and a four-year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. These doctors become specialists with additional training and experience in the evaluation and treatment of conditions that affect the female pelvic organs, and the muscles and connective tissue that support the organs. The additional training focuses on the surgical and non-surgical treatment of non-cancerous gynecologic problems. Some physicians complete additional training in accredited fellowship programs specifically in the subspecialty of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS).
We are proud to announce that Dr. Naved A. Jafri is among Hampton Roads’ first fellowship-trained subspecialists in Urogynecology!!
Call today to speak to one of our doctors, because UI is not something you have to accept as a natural part of aging.
To make an appointment for a physician consultation, please call (757) 722-7401, or visit our contact page to request an appointment online.