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Ladies, No More Running!

POSTED BY: Colleen Monday

Have you ever had to stop your car, leave the restaurant or run from aerobics class to the nearest restroom? Well, no more! There are simple treatments for urinary incontinence that can make your life more enjoyable.

A recent survey conducted by the National Association for Continence, compared responses of 1,017 women, age 40-65, who reported no symptoms of overactive bladder to 652 women who reported light to moderate symptoms. The study showed that only 13 percent of the women surveyed had ever been diagnosed with the condition, and that many women experience symptoms, but are not diagnosed.

Dr. Jessica Feranec, gynecologist at Florida Hospital says that being aware of the condition allows motivated patients to fix the problem, “Many patients can be cured without surgery. Treatments are targeted to the cause of the condition and may range from retraining, oral or topical medications, physical therapy, and control of diabetes or a neurostimulator device.  If a patient has urgency frequency syndrome or urge incontinence, I start with some lifestyle modifications, bladder retraining and refer to my physical therapy colleagues. I may add an overactive bladder medication and a topical estrogen for vaginal atrophy. If patients fail medications, neurostimulator therapy is an option with excellent results. Occasionally patients need surgery to correct any prolapse that may be contributing to the condition. It’s a problem that can and should be treated, despite your age.” 

The good news is urinary urge frequency can be treated, so you can go back to your daily routine. With the latest advances in technology, many women are seeking treatment at an earlier age and putting a stop to this annoying issue.

More than 20 million women in the United States are living with at least one pelvic floor disorder including urinary and bowel control issues. Urge and frequency to urinate may be caused by overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, medication, chronic poor bladder habits, neurologic issues, diabetes, or prolapse.  The diagnosis can be made by your gynecologist or urologist with an exam, bladder diary, And sometimes urodynamics and cystoscopy.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of urinary incontinence or would like additional information or our programs, call (855) 303-DOCS (3627), or via the web at FloridaHospital.com.