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Ask the Doc Q: We’ve all heard the saying: “I laughed
so hard I almost peed myself,” but in all seriousness, at what point should a woman consider seeing a doctor for incontinence?
A: Urinary incontinence affects about half
of the women in the United States. It can surface or become worse during pregnancy, generally improving after delivery, Dr. Crisanta Sage Claydon but often returning or getting worse as a woman approaches her 40’s. Most women are not bothered by a few rare drops of urine every couple of years, but when leaking starts happening on a regular basis she should talk with her doctor about treatment. For instance, one of my patients was experiencing leakage during her morning run. She was frustrated because she couldn’t get through the run without stopping. After discussing treatment options with her, she chose to use incontinence
Dr. Crisanta Sage Claydon, MD Virtua Female Pelvic Medicine 401 Young Avenue, Suite 375 Moorestown, NJ, 08057 tampons while completing a course of physical therapy. Today she no longer needs the added help of incontinence tampons and is happy with her treatment results. Every woman gets to choose which treatment works best for them and their lifestyle. Various treatments include: • Behavior changes: keeping the bladder from getting too full, using pads or liners, maintaining /attaining a healthy body weight, controlling your blood sugar, pelvic exercises e.g. “Kegels” • Physical therapy for bladder control (requires a prescription) • Outpatient surgical procedures (if you leak urine with activity) • Medications (if you leak urine without warning) If you are not happy with your bladder control, call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 to make an appointment with Dr. Claydon and start feeling like yourself again.
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