Incontinence Specialist

Canterbury Women's Health Care

Gynecologists located in Fresno, CA

Urinary incontinence can be embarrassing, but you’re not alone. The compassionate doctors at Canterbury Women’s Health Care in Fresno, California, are here with treatment options to solve your involuntary leakage and urinary tract conditions -- no matter how severe your incontinence is. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about their treatment options.

Incontinence Q & A

Canterbury Women's Health Care

What is incontinence?

Urinary incontinence occurs when you lose control of your bladder. This common problem ranges in severity from small amounts of urine leaking when you sneeze to an urgent need to urinate but not being able to make it to the bathroom in time.

Different types of urinary incontinence include:

  • Stress: leaking of urine from abdominal pressure like coughing, sneezing, and jogging
  • Urge: leaking occurs at first urge to urinate; difficulty making it to the bathroom in time
  • Overactive bladder: frequent urination with or without urge incontinence
  • Functional: untimely urination because of physical disabilities, external obstacles, or problems in thinking or communicating that prevent you from reaching a toilet  
  • Overflow: Spontaneous leakage of urine because of an over-full bladder
  • Mixed: stress and urge incontinence together
  • Transient: leakage that occurs temporarily because of a situation that will pass, such as a urinary tract infection or taking a new medication

What causes incontinence?

Urinary incontinence isn’t a disease in and of itself. Other physical problems or medical conditions usually cause the condition.

Some temporary conditions or factors that may cause urinary incontinence include:

  • Alcohol, caffeine, sparkling water, or carbonated drinks
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Chocolate
  • Spicy, sugary, or acidic foods
  • Certain medications
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Constipation

Physical conditions that may cause urinary incontinence include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Aging
  • Menopause
  • Hysterectomy
  • Obstruction
  • Neurological disorders

If you’re experiencing urinary incontinence, it’s important to speak with your doctor so they can determine the source of your symptoms.

How is incontinence diagnosed?

Your doctors at Canterbury Women’s Health Care can perform complete urologic evaluations, including multichannel cystometrogram, electromyograms (EMGs), uroflowmetry, and urethroscopy. These tests help your doctor identify the types of incontinence you may be experiencing and determine the best course of treatment.

Are there ways to treat or prevent incontinence?

Your risk of developing urinary incontinence increase based on your:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Weight
  • Habits, like smoking
  • Family history
  • Other diseases

To reduce your risk of developing urinary incontinence, make healthy lifestyle choices that include:

  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Healthy weight management
  • Fiber-rich diets low in bladder irritants like caffeine and alcohol
  • Quitting smoking

Treatments for urinary incontinence depend on the cause. Your physician will work with you to reach the best treatment strategy. Your treatment plan might include medication, lifestyle changes, pelvic floor therapy, bladder training programs, or surgery in some cases.

Call or schedule an appointment with Canterbury Women’s Health Care online today to learn more.