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Bladder control issues can be very challenging and frustrating to deal with. If you feel like you cannot control when you go to the toilet, experience pain with urination, or experience frequent bladder leaks, these symptoms can start to impact other areas of your life. You may feel embarrassed or ashamed. You may even stop doing the things that you enjoy.
Of course, no one deserves to feel this way, and the good news is that there are treatment options available for those suffering from bladder issues. Below, we will take a look at some of the most common bladder problems and the treatments that you can consider.
Most Common Causes of Bladder Issues
Incontinence affects women of all ages, whether due to menopause, pregnancy & childbirth, having a hysterectomy, or other conditions. There are several types of incontinence. For example, overflow incontinence happens when your muscles are not able to squeeze correctly, and you are unable to completely empty the bladder. The leftover urine can leak out unexpectedly, even if you don’t feel the need to use the bathroom.
Stress incontinence, another very common issue, is bladder leakage as a consequence of pressure on your abdomen when exercising, sneezing, coughing, laughing, or heavy lifting. Another type, urge incontinence, will be covered in more detail below.
Interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as bladder pain syndrome, causes problems emptying the bladder and pain with bladder fullness. If you have IC, you may feel the urge to go to the bathroom more often, only to find that there is very little urine in your bladder. Other symptoms could include:
- Pain between the vagina and anus
- Pelvic pain
- Urinating up to 60 times per day, throughout the day and night
- Pain in your bladder that is relieved after urinating
- Painful sex
The causes of this condition are not very well understood. It can often be mistaken for a urinary tract infection, but there is usually no infection present.
An overactive bladder, otherwise known as urge incontinence, refers to the sudden need to urinate and the involuntary loss of urine. This sudden need is connected to involuntary contractions of the bladder. These contractions can be caused by many conditions, such as:
- Neurological and nerve disorders
- Menopause and other hormonal changes
- Urinary tract infections
- Bladder stones
Treatments for Common Bladder Conditions
At Endometriosis Treatment Center of America, we offer comprehensive urodynamic testing to assess your bladder function and discover the root cause of the issues you are experiencing. In turn, we put together a custom treatment plan to give you back control, so you can feel more comfortable and confident going forward.
There are plenty of different treatment options that we can turn to:
- Axonics Therapy is a small implant in the upper part of your buttock that sends gentle stimulation to the nerves in the pelvic floor and bladder. This long-term solution is designed to provide control for at least 15 years.
- Emsella Kegel therapy strengthens the pelvic floor muscles with High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic technology. This therapy stimulates over 11,000 muscle contractions in just 30 minutes while you relax comfortably in a chair.
- Botox injections block the nerve signals that cause bladder muscles to contract at the wrong time, effectively treating overactive bladder symptoms for up to 6 months.
- Medications, such as estrogen therapy or bladder relaxers can help manage symptoms.
- Bladder instillation therapy for Interstitial Cystitis involves filling the bladder with a solution that increases its capacity and relaxes the muscles.
- Minimally invasive surgical options, such as sling procedures and bladder neck suspension procedures, can safely address more complex issues.
Take Back Control with Help From Endometriosis Treatment Center of America
If you are suffering from any of these common bladder issues or any other type of bladder problem, you are not alone! You deserve to live your life with confidence and freedom to explore the world—whether or not there is a bathroom around every corner. Without the stress of bladder leakage or painful urination, you can take on anything!
Get in touch with us today for more information and to schedule your first consultation. We would be happy to assist you in any manner we can. Our friendly and experienced doctors are ready and able to provide their advice regarding the best treatment for your needs.
Endometriosis Treatment Center of America: Bladder Control Treatments in Michigan
At ETCOA, we’re dedicated to providing women with access to the latest technologies and options for relieving incontinence, painful urination, overactive bladder, and other uncomfortable conditions. If you are interested in speaking with a compassionate specialist about your range of treatment options, request an appointment online today. You can also call our Lake Orion, MI, location at (248) 397-9129 or our Birmingham, MI, location at (248) 731-2155.