If you’re constantly running to the bathroom or afraid you won’t make it in time, you’re not alone. Frequent urination and urinary incontinence are common urological complaints.
More than 4 in 10 women 65 years and older are affected by incontinence, but it can happen at any age. It affects men too.
Board-certified OB/GYN Dr. Aleksander Bodnar and his team at Viva Health understand how embarrassed you may feel about a leaky bladder and the importance of getting medical help.
That’s why he diagnoses and treats frequent urination and urinary incontinence at his offices in Clifton and Linden, New Jersey.
Frequent urination can be treated effectively without surgery. Here’s what you need to know.
The types of urinary incontinence
There are two types of urinary incontinence:
The more common type, stress incontinence affects a large proportion of younger women. Any pressure or stress placed on the bladder can cause leakage.
The stress can come from such seemingly innocuous actions as laughing, coughing, sneezing, or making sudden movements. It also occurs when weak pelvic floor muscles press against the bladder and urethra, forcing them to work harder.
Also called an overactive bladder, urge incontinence produces a strong, sudden urge to urinate, but you can’t make it to the toilet in time.
Urge incontinence can also cause frequent urination. You feel the urge to urinate more than eight times a day, but you don’t produce much once you actually go. There’s no pattern to the urge, and it can even be triggered when you hear running water.
This type is more common in men, usually because of an enlarged prostate.
What’s causing your urinary incontinence?
The biggest risk factor for urinary incontinence is simply being female. Women experience stress incontinence twice as frequently as men because pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause affect the urinary tract and the muscles surrounding it.
These life events can also weaken the pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder, urethra, uterus, and bowels. As a result, it may be hard to hold in urine until you’re in the bathroom.
In addition, women have shorter urethras than men. Any weakness or damage to this muscle may make it more difficult to hold your bladder.
Symptoms of frequent urination and urinary incontinence
In addition to creating a bathroom nightmare, frequent urination can lead to:
- Vaginal dryness
- Chronic vulvar pain
- Painful sex
- Interstitial cystitis (pain during urination)
- Decreased libido
- Trouble reaching orgasm
If you’re having any of these symptoms in addition to the incontinence, let Dr. Bodnar know — we have treatments for those.
Treating frequent urination without surgery
If you’re dealing with frequent urination and its many symptoms, Dr. Bodnar has effective, nonsurgical treatments to help:
Acoustic wave therapy (AWT)
AWT is a noninvasive, nonhormonal alternative to conventional treatments. It uses gentle sound waves to regenerate vaginal tissue and improve blood flow. It also provides long-lasting symptom relief.
Votiva is an FDA-approved treatment for incontinence that uses radiofrequency energy to:
- Improve blood flow
- Decrease pain from labial hypertrophy
- Counter low libido and self-esteem
- Strengthen vaginal muscles
- Tighten vaginal canal
- Improve vaginal dryness
A safe and effective treatment, Votiva is often used in conjunction with Kegel exercises.
Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Once you learn the technique, you can perform these exercises anytime and anyplace, since no one can tell you’re doing them.
Are you dealing with the symptoms of frequent urination and urinary incontinence and need relief? Viva Health is here to help. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bodnar, call us at either location or book online today.