Meritus Health Gynecologist Addresses Women With Urinary Incontinence

Published 07/30 2014 05:23PM

Updated 07/30 2014 07:15PM

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Many times, a visit to the doctor can be quite nerve racking, especially opening up to your physician about a condition you may have.

It is a topic many women cringe at once their gynecologists bring it up, as they find it embarrassing or uncomfortable.

Known as Urinary Incontinence, it is a condition that generally affects older women and it comes in two types.

"The first type is called Stress Incontinence, which is due to weakness in the muscles that support the bladder and the urethra. The second type is called Urge Incontinence, which is also referred to as an overactive bladder," said Dr. Greenburg. 

Women who have had multiple pregnancies can contribute to a higher risk of Stress Incontinence. However, smoking, obesity and intense physical activity are just as dangerous.

"Most of the women we see here in Hagerstown are in the ages of 40 to 70, so it generally tends to affect older women who have had multiple children," added Dr. Greenberg.

Dr. Greenberg said 80 percent of cases are curable with treatment but if nothing is done about it, it can eventually lead to other issues such as bleeding and infections.

While it mostly targets women, men who have had prostate surgery can be just as susceptible.

Dr. Greenberg added, "I will always ask questions about 'Do you have any trouble urinating? Any blood near your urine? And any incontinence?' And I'll specifically use that word. Once I mention that word, then patients will say you know what? I do leak urine but I don't really like to talk about it.' "

It is one of the many topics gynecologists encourage patients to openly discuss before it becomes more than a condition.

Urinary Incontinence is curable with three types of treatment; medication, surgery and rehabilitation.


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