Incontinence - a health issue often swept "under the rug"
It's the medical term for loss of bladder control, which results in inconvenient – and embarrassing – urine leaks. According to the American Urological Association Foundation, more than 15 million men and women suffer from incontinence.
Incontinence may be caused by:
- Enlarged prostate
- Weak bladder muscles
- Urinary tract infections
- Neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
Management and treatment can include lifestyle changes, such as limiting when and what amounts of fluids are drank, or physical therapy, which can strengthen the pelvic muscles. Surgical solutions are also available when these methods do not control symptoms.
Urological care is also available at RAMC for:
- Prostate cancer screening and treatment
- Erectile dysfunction
- Male infertility
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Kidney stones
Maintain Your Urological Health
While there are many different causes and treatments for incontinence, here are four tips for ensuring good urological health throughout your life.
- Stay hydrated
- Limit salt and caffeine
- Stay at a healthy weight
- Quit smoking and maintain a smoke-free lifestyle
Your Urology Expert Thomas Wood, MD, is RAMC’s expert urologist. He has over 30 years of experience in providing urological care for men and women, diagnosing and treating a wide range of urinary, prostate and sexual health conditions.
Click here or call 608-768-3900 to learn more about our urology solutions.