Pelvic Health Conditions: Overactive Bladder – Common Problem, Easy to Manage

Friday, May 11, 2012 1:55 PM comments (0)

Overactive BladderWhat is an overactive bladder? This condition - more common in older women - is characterized by an urgent and frequent need to urinate and sometimes results in some leakage of urine before reaching a bathroom. This condition is often successfully treated with behavior modifications and bladder retraining, but can sometimes require additional treatments.

Dr. Tomezsko walks us through the common techniques for treating an overactive bladder:

  • Learn regulate your fluid intake. Think about what and when you drink and train the bladder accordingly.
  • Talk with your physician about what types of medications can help with the management of this condition.
  • Consider a minimally invasive procedure if problems continue after trying more conservative methods. This procedure involves using Botox injections in the bladder to decrease the muscles of the bladder’s ability to contract, which then eliminates the sense of urgency to urinate.

How much liquid do you drink on a daily basis? Do you find that you have to go to the bathroom more frequently when you don’t regulate your intake?


Pelvic Health Conditions: Urinary Leakage – Easy to Treat

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 8:51 AM comments (0)

We’ll be featuring a series of posts over the next week about the symptoms and treatment options for various common chronic pelvic health conditions in women.

Urinaryt LeakageChronic pelvic health conditions in women—including urinary leakage, overactive bladder and pelvic organ prolapse—are common and affect 20-40 percent of the adult female population. The good news is that they are generally very treatable with conservative, non-surgical methods, or minimally invasive surgical methods.

Urinary leakage caused by a cough, sneeze or doing exercise (otherwise known as stress incontinence) is quite common in younger women. It can affect a woman’s daily life—limiting an active lifestyle, playing with kids, etc.

Janet Tomezsko, MD a urogynecologist at NorthShore’s Center for Pelvic Health gives her advice about common urinary leakage treatments:

  • Prescribed physical therapy program to strengthen or rehabbing the pelvic floor muscles.
  • A minimally invasive, outpatient surgical procedure where a small sling is inserted in the vagina to support the urethra allowing it to close more fully. This procedure is for women who are done having children.

Does it surprise you to know that 20-40% of women at one point in their lives will have a pelvic health condition? What education and resources would be most helpful to you for learning more?

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