Capital Women's Care
OBGYNs & Gynecologists located in Frederick, MD & Mount Airy, MD
Urinary incontinence is an embarrassing problem that affects many women. The experienced physicians at Capital Women's Care offer expert diagnosis and treatment to patients struggling with this condition in and around the area of Frederick, Mount Airy & Urbana, Maryland. Women dealing with urinary incontinence should contact Capital Women's Care to schedule an appointment.
Urinary Incontinence Q & A
What’s urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence occurs when a woman is unable to control the flow of urine. The severity of urinary incontinence varies considerably. Some people leak small amounts of urine when they sneeze or cough while others are unable to control their urine at all.
Dealing with urinary incontinence can affect a patient’s life dramatically, interfering with daily activities and leaving them embarrassed. Patients experiencing urinary incontinence should make an appointment at Capital Women's Care.
What causes urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence can have a variety of different causes. Some people experience urinary incontinence temporarily because of pregnancy, urinary tract infection, constipation, or intake of substances that stimulate the bladder. Other people develop chronic urinary incontinence because of age, menopause, hysterectomy, or a neurological disorder.
How is urinary incontinence diagnosed?
The doctors at Capital Women's Care diagnose urinary incontinence primarily based on the patient’s symptoms. To find the cause of the incontinence, the doctor may order various tests, including urinalysis, pelvic ultrasound, cystogram, cystoscopy, or urodynamic testing. Based on the results of these tests, the doctor can determine what factors are contributing to the issue.
What treatments are available for urinary incontinence?
Many different treatments can improve urinary incontinence. To determine the best treatment, the doctors at Capital Women's Care consider the cause of the incontinence and the patient’s preferences. Some of the treatments available to patients with urinary incontinence include:
- Medication: Depending on the cause of urinary incontinence, certain medications may improve symptoms.
- Pelvic floor muscle exercises: Women can often improve symptoms of urinary incontinence by exercising the pelvic floor muscles. These exercises are often called “Kegels.”
- Behavioral therapy: Some patients may be able to manage symptoms by scheduling times to go to the bathroom, monitoring their fluid intake, and training the bladder to hold urine for longer periods of time.
- Electrical stimulation: Electrodes are placed into the vagina and rectum to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
- Surgery: When urinary incontinence is severe, the doctors at Capital Women's Care recommend surgical interventions.
- Absorbent pads: When treatment can’t eliminate the symptoms of urinary incontinence, women may wear absorbent pads to deal with leakage.
Billing & Insurance
We participate with most local and many national insurance plans. However it is your responsibility to understand whether your insurance has limits on the doctors you can see, or the services you can receive. If you provide complete and accurate information about your insurance, we will submit claims to your insurance carrier and receive payments for services. Depending on your insurance coverage, you may be responsible for co-payments, co-insurance, or other deductible amounts. Not all providers participate with all insurance plans. We do not accept Medicaid. Don't hesitate to call if you have questions.
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