Incontinence Specialist

Damon Cobb Ob/Gyn

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Poway, CA

Urinary incontinence affects nearly 18 million women today, but many never get treated because they assume it’s just part of aging and there’s nothing they can do about it. Actually, urinary incontinence is easily treated with the help of expert OB/GYN specialists like those at Damon Cobb OB/GYN in Poway, California. Reach out to get relief today by clicking the online scheduler or calling the office now.

Incontinence Q & A

What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence refers to accidental urine release. There are three main types of urinary incontinence:

Stress incontinence

Stress incontinence occurs when bladder pressure forces you to suddenly release urine. If you suffer from stress incontinence, you may leak urine when you lift something heavy, cough, or sneeze.

Urge incontinence

Urge incontinence, also called overactive bladder, causes a sudden feeling that you've got to urinate right away. Because there's very little warning time, you may leak urine or have an accident before you can reach the bathroom.

Overflow incontinence

Overflow incontinence is an uncommon kind of urinary incontinence. If you don't empty your bladder entirely when you urinate, the urine accumulates until it eventually overflows.

Many women suffer from mixed urinary incontinence, which includes both stress and urge incontinence.

What are the signs that I have urinary incontinence?

Some of the symptoms that might indicate urinary incontinence are:

  • Needing to wear pads to catch urine leaks
  • Regular accidents that may include bedwetting
  • Urinating more than eight times during the day or twice overnight
  • Significant discomfort when you need to urinate

If you have any of these symptoms, take heart: You don’t have to live with this problem any longer if you seek treatment with Damon Cobb OB/GYN.

How is urinary incontinence treated?

Treatments for urinary incontinence may start with some simple changes recommended by your Damon Cobb OB/GYN provider. This may include Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, losing extra weight, and quitting smoking.

Your doctor may also recommend bladder training. Bladder training includes keeping a daily diary that tracks your bathroom visits. You'll gradually increase the time between visits. This retrains your bladder to hold urine for longer periods before it sends the message to urinate.

If lifestyle changes don't relieve urinary incontinence symptoms, there are other options, including:

  • Prescription medication to relax bladder or help you retain more urine
  • Botox® injections to relax bladder
  • Nerve stimulation to improve bladder control
  • Pessary device to support your pelvic floor

If other treatments don’t work, your doctor may recommend surgery, such as stitches to retain your bladder or a mid-urethral sling, which lends support and stability to your bladder and urethra.

The Damon Cobb OB/GYN team is here to make sure that you don’t suffer from urinary incontinence any longer. Book an appointment online or by phone today.