Daniel Esteves, MD
Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Lawrenceville, GA
Urinary incontinence is a common complaint among women, yet many don’t often discuss this embarrassing and life-affecting condition. OB/GYN Daniel Esteves, MD, provides evaluation and treatment for women suffering from all types of urinary incontinence at his office in Lawrenceville, Georgia. To get help for your incontinence, call the office or book an appointment online.
Urinary Incontinence Q&A
What is urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine. A woman can experience temporary incontinence that occurs with a urinary tract infection or consumption of caffeine-containing beverages.
Ongoing incontinence, however, may result due to a number of different issues. These include:
Pelvic floor disorders
When the muscles that hold your bladder in place and help control the flow of urine weaken due to aging, vaginal delivery, or hormone changes, incontinence may occur.
Incontinence can result when nerve signals between the brain and bladder are disrupted, forcing urine leakage.
Bladder stones or other blockages can cause incontinence.
What are the types of urinary incontinence?
Many women experience stress incontinence, which happens when urine leaks due to stress on your bladder. You may notice a trickle when you sneeze, laugh, or jump. Stress incontinence is often a result of pelvic floor disorders.
Urge incontinence often results due to neuromuscular problems. It describes a sudden, urgent need to urinate, which is followed shortly by an involuntary loss of urine. You may hear this type of incontinence referred to as an overactive bladder.
How is urinary incontinence treated?
Dr. Esteves performs a thorough physical exam and review of your medical history if you come in with symptoms of urinary incontinence. He’ll also have you undergo a urinalysis and ask you to keep a bladder diary, in which you record your symptoms.
Depending on your symptoms, he may also run special urodynamic studies to test how well your bladder and muscles hold and release urine.
He individualizes your treatment plan based on his findings.
You may undergo:
- Behavioral training that includes managing your fluid intake and scheduling toilet trips
- Dietary changes, such as reducing caffeine intake
- Kegel exercises and other physical therapy to help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles
- Medications to calm overactive bladder muscles
- Minimally invasive surgery to repair pelvic floor muscles
Placement of a mesh sling to support your pelvic floor or repair of prolapsed organs are possible surgeries necessary to resolve urinary incontinence.
Help is available for urinary incontinence. Call the office of Daniel Esteves, MD, or book an appointment online.