Urge Incontinence Treatment in the Central Coast of California
There are several different types of urinary incontinence. Urge incontinence is unique as it is a sudden and intense need to urinate that is soon followed by an unwanted contraction of the bladder, which causes an involuntary loss of urine.
Urge incontinence is also referred to as:
- Bladder spasms
- Spasmodic bladder
- Detrusor instability
- Irritable bladder
It is important to remember that urge incontinence is not a disease, but is actually a symptom of another medical condition, physical issues, or lifestyle habits. The occasional, minor leaks of urine caused by urge incontinence are more likely to occur in women and older adults.
You don’t have to live with urge incontinence. For patients in the Central Coast of California, the board-certified urologists with Urology Associates of the Central Coast are here to help. If you’re struggling with urge incontinence, contact us today to schedule an appointment in San Luis Obispo, Templeton, Pismo Beach, Santa Maria, or Lompoc.
Causes of Urge Incontinence
A few different types of medical conditions that may be causing urge incontinence to occur include:
- A bladder infection
- Pregnancy or childbirth
- An enlarged prostate
- Prostate cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Neurological disorders
- Bladder or kidney stones
- An obstruction near the opening of the bladder
Treatment for Urge Incontinence
Typically, if an individual’s urge incontinence is minor and manageable during their day-to-day life, there is no real reason to seek further treatment. However, if you are finding it difficult to perform everyday activities due to your urge incontinence, then it may be time to consult with a urology specialist.
Your doctor is likely to first try different exercises and dietary changes or medication in order to avoid a more invasive treatment method, but if these prove to be ineffective in relieving your urge incontinence symptoms then decisions regarding more serious options may have to be made. Common medical treatments for urge incontinence include:
- Collagen implants
- Nerve stimulators
It is important to carefully weigh the risks and benefits associated with these various forms of treatment, and to discuss them all thoroughly with your healthcare provider.
Schedule an Urge Incontinence Consultation
To schedule a consultation with one of the exceptional urology specialists from Urology Associates of the Central Coast, please give us a call today. We have clinics across the Central Coast including in San Luis Obispo, Templeton, Santa Maria, Pismo Beach, and Lompoc.