Urinary incontinence: It's the medical term for loss of bladder control, which results in inconvenient – and embarrassing – urine leaks. According to the American Urological Association Foundation, more than 15 million men and women suffer from incontinence.
Incontinence may be caused by:
- Enlarged prostate
- Weak bladder muscles
- Urinary tract infections
- Neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
Management and treatment can include lifestyle changes, such as limiting when and what amounts of fluids you drink, or physical therapy, which can strengthen the pelvic muscles. Surgical solutions are also available when these methods do not control symptoms.
Urological care is also available at RAMC for:
- Prostate cancer screening and treatment
- Erectile dysfunction
- Male infertility
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Kidney stones
Maintain Your Urological Health
While there are many different causes and treatments for incontinence, here are four tips for ensuring good urological health throughout your life:
- Stay hydrated
- Limit salt and caffeine
- Stay at a healthy weight
- Quit smoking and maintain a smoke-free lifestyle
Thomas Wood, MD, is RAMC’s expert urologist. He has over 30 years of experience providing urological care for men and women, and diagnosing and treating a wide range of urinary, prostate and sexual health conditions.
Call 608-768-3900 or visit our urology page to learn more about our urology solutions.