Do you know where all the restrooms are, no matter where you go? Do you look for a restroom sign before you need to use it? Do you find yourself frequently visiting the restroom but voiding very little urine? You may have a bigger problem causing your frequent urination.
There are three types of urinary incontinence. Stress Urinary Incontinence (where “stress” refers to coughing, running, laughing, sneezing, etc). Over-Active Bladder where you frequently need to urinate with or without pain. The third is Mixed Incontinece (where you exhibit symptoms of both Stress Incontinence and Over-Active Bladder).
Stress incontinence is usually related to a bladder that has dropped. Before ladies have kids, their urethra and bladder are being “held up” by a tough tissue. During childbirth, that tough tissue gets slightly torn away from the pelvis and starts to drop a little bit causing the bladder and urethra to sit more inside the pelvis. Muscle contractions are stronger in the pelvis therefore when you cough or sneeze, you will leak urine.
Also note that the bottom of your urethra is estrogen dependent so if you don’t have enough estrogen, that lining is weakened and will not contract appropriately when you cough or sneeze to hold urine in.
If any of the above symptoms sound like you, we urge you to make an appointment with Dr.Davis to learn the various ways we can help you manage your urinary frequency and pain. The answer is not always surgical – we offer exercises that can help as well!