Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery
Approximately 10 million women in the US suffer from incontinence – about one in four between the ages of 30 and 59. Many women are too embarrassed to talk about it so they are unaware that help is available for these uncomfortable and frequently debilitating conditions.
What Causes Incontinence?
There are a wide variety of reasons why women become incontinent. It could be the result of pelvic muscle damage from pregnancy, infections, spinal injury, drug side effects, or the result of other conditions such as obesity or diabetes. Frequently there is a common family inherited predisposition to pelvic support weakness, leading to bulging pelvic discomfort, and urinary incontinence.
Symptoms of Incontinence
Stress incontinence is caused by minor stress on the stomach muscles from sneezing, jogging, laughing, lifting heavy objects, or jumping up and down. The muscles and tissues responsible for supporting the bladder have somehow been weakened.
Urge incontinence is a sudden and strong need to urinate that doesn't always give you time to get to a bathroom. This is a common type of incontinence in people who are over age 60.
Elizabeth's Story - Fifteen Years of Suffering
It turned out that my bladder had dropped and I had incontinence. Dr. Wohlrab went through different treatment options and talked me through each one. He even arranged for me to meet other women who had problems like mine. They shared their stories, answered my questions and told me how treatment had helped them feel better.
Now the torture is over and I feel great. After about 15 years of suffering, I’m well. I’m back at work, I can drink water again, visit my family and get my job done without worrying about finding a bathroom all the time. All without worrying about my back hurting or what’s happening inside my body that shouldn’t.
I’m so glad I went to Women & Infants. It was like a door finally opened and I was able to get what I needed. I hope other women will realize that this isn’t just part of aging. It’s not normal and there is help at Women & Infants.”
- Elizabeth Torres, Women & Infants patient