Northwest Ohio OB-GYN
Aesthetics & Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecologist located in Bluffton, and Findlay, Ohio.
Urinary incontinence can make daily activities difficult and be embarrassing. Desrene Brown, MD, and the team at Northwest Ohio OB-GYN, located in Bluffton, and Findlay, Ohio, can help you find the solution for your incontinence problem. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to take control of your body again.
Incontinence Q & A
What is urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is a loss of bladder control. It can range from leaking while laughing or coughing to not always making it to the bathroom in time to frequent dribbling of urine.
What are the types of urinary incontinence?
There are many different types of urinary incontinence, and treatments depend on what type.
- Stress incontinence: When laughing, sneezing, or exercising causes urine to leak
- Urge incontinence: When you can’t always make it to the bathroom when the need comes on suddenly
- Overflow incontinence: Dribbling of urine between bathroom breaks
- Functional incontinence: Not being able to make it to the bathroom in time due to a physical or mental handicap
- Mixed incontinence: Experiencing a mix of different reasons
If any of these is causing you to miss out on important events or putting restrictions on your daily life, it’s important to see Dr. Brown.
What can irritate my bladder?
The many different foods and medications that could be making your incontinence worse include:
- Carbonated drinks
- Artificial sweeteners
- Spicy food
- Citrus fruits
- Heart and blood pressure medication
- Muscle relaxants
- Large amounts of vitamin c
While some of these may cause no problem for you, most people who have incontinence have worse symptoms when these foods and medications are in play.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) or constipation could also lead to urinary incontinence.
Does Juliet™ vaginal laser treatment help with incontinence?
Dr. Brown offers the FDA-approved Juliet vaginal rejuvenation treatment option for urinary incontinence. As an expert in the field, Dr. Brown can determine whether the laser could be beneficial for your symptoms.
How can I reduce the likelihood of developing incontinence?
Steps you can take to decrease the risk of developing incontinence include:
- Being a healthy weight
- Practicing pelvic floor exercises
- Avoiding foods and medications that are irritants
- Eating more fiber to reduce the risk of constipation
- Not smoking
Call Northwest Ohio OB-GYN or schedule an appointment today to have Dr. Brown help you take your life back, embarrassment-free.