Dr. Sweeten, Leading Gynecologist Doctor In Phoenix, Answers Frequently Asked Questions About Incontinence

Dr. Keri Sweeten is well known in her field and she is dedicated to empowering women to look and feel their best. The board-certified gynecologist and Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists founded the practice “Understanding Women,” which aims to give women a distinct place to get proper care for their most sensitive and critical needs. Perhaps one of the more sensitive issues troubling some women today is incontinence.

Female incontinence is a medical condition that prevents women from controlling bladder leakage. There are two types of incontinence: first is stress incontinence, which happens when a woman is laughing, coughing, running, or has pressure on her bladder, and second is urge incontinence, which can happen even when the bladder is only holding a small amount of liquid. Because of the stigma attached to the condition, many women may be unwilling to get proper help. Dr. Sweeten, leading gynecologist doctor in Phoenix, answers some of the more frequently asked questions about unwanted bladder leakage and dispels some of the myths surrounding the condition.

Is urinary incontinence part of aging?

Urinary incontinence is not at all uncommon. More than 13 million people suffer from the medical condition, from men and women to young and old people. The frustration and the embarrassment will take their toll on a woman’s wellbeing, and to some extent, even affect her personal relationships.

The cause behind the medical condition will differ according to the type of incontinence. Stress incontinence may be caused by childbirth or weight gain while urge incontinence may stem from emotional stress or a brain condition such as Parkinson’s or stroke. So it’s not always about aging.

What happens when I have mixed incontinence? Can treatments still work?

Mixed incontinence is prevalent. It’s important to get the right diagnosis so that you get the right course of treatment. It’s also critical that women who suffer from any type of incontinence do away with the usual myths about the condition. From thinking that incontinence is just part of the aging process to believing most treatments are invasive and rarely effective — the fact is incontinence is both treatable and preventable.

There are plenty of treatment options that can be non-invasive as well as effective. The important thing to do is to seek medical help immediately and not put it off.

How do I manage or reduce symptoms of stress incontinence?

There are plenty of ways to manage incontinence. One is quitting smoking. Two is watching your food and beverage intake and determining which ones may be aggravating your condition. Three is eating more fiber. Four is eliminating activities that may be contributing to your incontinence. Five is exercising your pelvic floor muscles daily. And finally, make sure to check in with your gynecologist to determine the best course of treatment.

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