If you’re living with urinary incontinence, you understand just how inconvenient and disruptive the condition can be. There’s no need to let bladder control problems dictate your lifestyle or your daily schedule when there’s help available from Dr. Parisa Pourzand, a highly regarded OB/GYN in Glendale, Burbank, and Beverly Hills, California. Book an appointment online or by phone at her practice, Parisa Pourzand, M.D. Inc., to meet with Dr. Pourzand and discuss your specific symptoms, needs, and treatment goals.
Urinary incontinence is a term used to describe various problems related to bladder control. Virtually everyone will encounter some form of incontinence during their lives, but the condition creates a serious lifestyle problem for many.
There are multiple types of urinary incontinence, including:
Urge incontinence creates a sudden and intense need to urinate, which is often followed by involuntary urinary leakage. Frequent urination is also a sign of urge incontinence.
Stress incontinence is marked by bladder leakage that occurs when you place pressure on your bladder, like during coughing, laughing, or strenuous exercise.
Functional incontinence occurs when a separate mental or physical condition prevents you from reaching the bathroom in time.
Overflow incontinence is when your bladder never fully empties, causing you to leak urine on a frequent or even constant basis.
If you experience two or more of these common bladder issues, you have what’s known as mixed incontinence.
A number of different factors can lead to urinary incontinence, some of which are in your control and others that are not.
The most common causes of poor bladder control are:
Women are more likely than men to have urinary incontinence, and your risk increases with age. A family history of bladder control issues, carrying extra weight, or smoking can also raise your risk.
Dr. Pourzand completes a thorough diagnostic work-up before creating your customized treatment plan. You play an active role in that process, determining which efforts best fit your health, lifestyle, and treatment goals.
Pelvic floor muscle exercises are a great place to begin. Also known as Kegel exercises, these simple moves take very little time, no special equipment, and are easy to complete.
Certain medications can also help increase your bladder control. Some work by relaxing your bladder muscles, while others use hormones to alter your urethra and vaginal tissues.
If these efforts don’t yield results, there are also surgical approaches that can help.
Dr. Pourzand has the skills needed to address your urinary incontinence -- book an appointment today to get started.