Urinary Incontinence Specialist

Women's Healthcare Associates of Santa Monica

OB/GYNs & Urogynecologists located in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA

Women are twice as likely as men to struggle with urinary incontinence. Losing a little urine when you sneeze is frustrating enough. But if you let urinary incontinence go untreated, it can become so severe that you struggle to make it to the bathroom in time. The expert team of OB/GYNs at Women’s Healthcare Associates of Santa Monica specialize in urogynecology. When you call their Santa Monica, California, office — or book an appointment online — you can get started on a urinary incontinence treatment plan right away.

Urinary Incontinence

What causes urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence isn’t a disease or a condition in itself but rather a symptom of one or more underlying conditions. Your case of urinary incontinence may be caused by:

  • Weak pelvic floor muscles
  • Overactive bladder
  • Bladder or urinary tract infection
  • Overflow incontinence
  • Neurological issues

How does a doctor diagnose urinary incontinence?

Before coming in for your evaluation, keep a list of your symptoms for at least a few days. Dr. Blumenfeld needs to know:

  • How often you urinate
  • If you experience pain
  • How much your urine leaks
  • What time of the day your symptoms occur
  • Your fluid intake

Plan to provide a urine sample during your exam. That allows Dr. Blumenfeld to check for signs of infection or other abnormalities.

You might also be asked to urinate into a special container that measures your urine. This procedure allows Dr. Blumenfeld to evaluate how well you empty your bladder and if an obstruction might be causing your urinary incontinence.  

Is urinary incontinence treatable?

Yes, plus it’s often curable. Your treatment plan for urinary incontinence depends on what’s causing bladder leakage. Most of the time, you need to start with behavioral techniques and exercises such as:

  • Scheduled bathroom trips
  • Kegel pelvic floor exercises
  • Bladder training
  • Double voiding
  • Fluid-intake management

If you still struggle with urinary incontinence after trying these alternative measures, Dr. Blumenfeld can prescribe medications. Some of them work by relaxing your bladder muscle and calming an overactive bladder, while others make it easier for you to empty your bladder.

The practitioners at Women’s Healthcare Associates of Santa Monica specialize in advanced procedures for urinary incontinence, too. You may benefit from:

  • Electrical stimulation
  • Nerve stimulators
  • Botox injections
  • Sling procedures
  • Prolapse surgery

Are overactive bladder and urinary incontinence different?

Overactive bladder is a type of urinary incontinence. With overactive bladder (OB), your brain sends a signal to empty your bladder, even if it isn’t full. Sometimes overactive bladder involves overactive muscles that contract before your bladder is full, which also makes you feel like you need to urinate.