Certain diseases, medications, and life stage changes such as menopause or pregnancy may cause you to lose control over urination, a medical condition referred to as urinary incontinence. Leading urologists Dr. Raul Hernandez and Dr. Brian Grady at Fog City Urology understand how the loss of control over your bladder may make you feel and offer both comfort and advanced treatment options at their practice in Duboce Triangle, San Francisco. Call today or book an appointment online for a consultation.
Urinary incontinence is a medical condition characterized by the inability to control your bladder, causing urine to leak. The amount of urine you leak may range from a small dribble after a sneeze to such a strong urge to urinate that you simply can’t make it to the bathroom.
Incontinence affects both men and women, and due to the nature of the condition, many people have a hard time talking about it — even with a medical provider.
There are four types of incontinence, including:
SUI is the most common cause of urinary incontinence and more often affects women than men. The leakage usually occurs during activity, such as walking, bending, or lifting. Urine leakage after a sneeze or cough is also attributed to SUI.
Symptoms of urinary incontinence vary and usually coincide with the type. Common symptoms include:
You may experience temporary incontinence after an acute medical condition such as a urinary tract infection or constipation or after eating or drinking certain foods such as spicy foods or caffeinated beverages.
Yes, certain factors may increase your risk of incontinence, including:
The medical professionals at Fog City Urology offer a number of treatment options to help you manage your incontinence, including:
As a medical practice that offers the most advanced treatment options, Dr. Hernandez and Dr. Grady may recommend MonaLisa® Touch for some women experiencing incontinence. The laser treatment works best for women experiencing mild urinary incontinence.
If you’re dealing with incontinence, call the office or book an appointment online for an evaluation.