About Pelvic and Bladder Conditions
Involuntary leaks due to stress on the bladder may happen with sneezing, coughing, laughing, or exercise. Urge incontinence, a sudden urge to urinate followed by the uncontrolled loss of urine, can occur along with stress incontinence.
Functional incontinence is related to physical or mental limitations such as severe arthritis or stroke. Overflow incontinence – a constant dribble of urine – happens when the bladder is unable to completely empty.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic muscles can weaken due to childbirth, chronic coughing, obesity, or the straining caused by constipation. When this occurs, organs such as the bladder, rectum, intestines, and uterus can fall out of position and bulge into the vagina. Prolapse causes discomfort, even pain, and may trigger incontinence.
Painful Bladder Syndrome
Also known as interstitial cystitis, Painful Bladder Syndrome is characterized by an inflammation of bladder tissue. Symptoms include a persistent and urgent need to urinate, frequent urination (especially at night), pain during intercourse, and pelvic pain that is often relieved with urination.
If you are experiencing bladder control problems or pelvic discomfort, call for an appointment or ask your physician to refer you for an evaluation to the Good Samaritan Hospital Women’s Center for Bladder & Pelvic Health.