Urinary incontinence affects many older men and women, but the condition can be both challenging and humiliating. At his practice in New Rochelle, New York, board-certified urologist Larry Roberts, MD, finds solutions for managing urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence doesn’t have to prevent you from leading an active life. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.
Urinary incontinence means you involuntarily urinate and lose some or all control of your urinary sphincter. You may have mild incontinence, in which you sometimes leak some urine, or severe incontinence, meaning you regularly can’t make it to a bathroom in time. The most common types of incontinence are:
You may have only one type of incontinence, but some people experience multiple types, which is known as mixed incontinence. Urinary incontinence is a symptom, not its own condition, and treatment includes determining the cause.
Urinary incontinence is common among older adults, but it’s not an unavoidable part of aging. Dr. Roberts can treat your incontinence and improve your quality of life.
Overflow incontinence causes you to leak or dribble urine, even when you don’t feel like you need the bathroom. It results when your bladder doesn’t empty fully, usually from a condition that blocks the bladder.
Overflow incontinence is a common symptom of an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). If he diagnoses you with BPH, Dr. Roberts may prescribe medication that relaxes your prostate and bladder, allowing you to urinate freely.
Stress incontinence means you release small amounts of urine in response to “stress,” meaning any physical activity that puts pressure on your bladder. Examples of stress may include lifting something heavy, coughing, sneezing, or laughing. Stress incontinence is most common among women who have had children.
Dr. Roberts teaches Kegel exercises, which can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles to better support your bladder, and helps you urinate at scheduled intervals, which trains your bladder to hold more urine.
Urge incontinence causes you to need the bathroom constantly and without warning, often before you can make it in time.
Dr. Roberts can prescribe medication to control your bladder activity. He may also suggest a treatment to stimulate the nerves that reach your bladder. These treatments can control bladder spasms, which contribute to the feeling of needing the bathroom.
Functional incontinence is when you have trouble accessing the bathroom in time because of another that affects your mobility, dexterity, or cognition. If you have functional incontinence, you may be fully aware of when you need the bathroom and not have to go more urgently than usual. However, some people have functional incontinence along with other forms of incontinence that directly involve the bladder.
Dr. Roberts helps you make adjustments to your lifestyle and habits so you can get to a bathroom when you need one. He may also recommend additional treatment for the condition that causes your functional incontinence.
There’s hope if you’re struggling with urinary incontinence. To get treatment, call the office of Dr. Larry Roberts or use the online booking tool.