Urinary incontinence is an uncomfortable experience and usually indicates a more serious underlying medical problem. Sherri Maetozo, MD, at Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine in St. Augustine, Florida, provides confidential, empathetic care that helps you manage urinary incontinence and related health issues. Practitioners offer a variety of options to treat your urinary incontinence, including strengthening the pelvic floor, MonaLisa Touch® procedures, and other medical treatments. Call today or book your first appointment online.
A variety of underlying medical conditions can cause urinary incontinence. Sometimes, urinary incontinence is temporary, but it also can be a chronic problem. But, even if the root cause of your chronic urinary incontinence is not treatable, your doctor can help manage your symptoms to ease your discomfort. Many people suffer from untreated urinary incontinence for years before they reach out to a doctor for help.
These are some of the causes that can lead to urinary incontinence:
Additionally, you might be more at risk for urinary incontinence as an older adult due to muscle weakness. Other than that, general risk factors include smoking, family history, or being overweight.
Urinary incontinence can lead to problems, including skin rashes, urinary tract infections, and loss of confidence. If you suffer from urinary incontinence, trained practitioners at Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine can help.
If you’re experiencing urinary incontinence, visit a doctor to determine the cause of your symptoms. Your doctor takes your medical and family history and orders tests, which can include:
Once your doctor determines why you’re experiencing symptoms, she can move forward with a treatment plan to solve the issue.
There are many strategies to address urinary incontinence depending on the severity of your symptoms. These strategies include pelvic floor rehab, MonaLisa Touch procedures, or medication.
Pelvic floor rehab is a natural, non-invasive urinary incontinence solution. In pelvic floor rehab, you’ll actively participate in recovery, which includes:
Pelvic floor rehab is a comprehensive bladder retraining program that’s very effective for many women. On average, pelvic floor rehab sessions occur once a week for 6-8 weeks.
MonaLisa Touch is a minimally invasive, painless procedure that involves delivering laser energy to the vaginal wall. The procedure requires three five-minute laser therapy sessions for optimal results. Practitioners often recommend MonaLisa Touch because of its quick, effective results.
Depending on your personal medical history, one of the following urinary incontinence medications may help.
People who prefer a low-maintenance treatment plan should ask about medication to treat urinary incontinence.
Your Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine provider will work with you to decide what will help you the most.
Is urinary incontinence causing you discomfort or embarrassment? Call Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine or book your first appointment online.