Urinary Incontinence Specialist

Morris Ahdoot, MD -  - OBGYN

Morris Ahdoot, MD

OBGYN located in Irvine, CA

Urinary incontinence affects anywhere from 15% to 50% of women in the United States, depending on their age and special conditions such as pregnancy. If you’re suffering from urinary incontinence, you’re not alone, and there are treatments that can help. Morris Ahdoot, MD helps his patients in Irvine, California overcome this often embarrassing and life-altering condition, giving them back control over their lives. Don’t suffer from urinary incontinence alone: Call Dr. Ahdoot’s office or schedule an appointment online to learn about your treatment options.

Urinary Incontinence Q & A

What is urinary incontinence?

In the broadest of senses, urinary incontinence describes a condition where you lack control over your bladder, which causes leakage. There are several different types of urinary incontinence, including:

Stress incontinence

Stress incontinence means that when you place any stress on your bladder, such as sneezing or coughing, urine leaks out.

Urge incontinence

With urge incontinence, you have a sudden urge to urinate, and you’re unable to control your bladder, resulting in urine leakage. The frequency with which these urges come on varies from one woman to the next.

Overflow incontinence

If you have overflow incontinence, your bladder doesn’t empty properly, which leads to constant leakage of urine.

Mixed incontinence

Mixed incontinence includes a combination of different types of incontinence.

The best way to find out which type of incontinence you have is to arrange a visit with Dr. Ahdoot to evaluate your problem.

What causes urinary incontinence?

Either temporary or chronic conditions can cause incontinence. Temporary conditions that may cause leakage include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Urinary infections
  • Diuretics, including caffeine

More chronic incontinence problems often stem from:

  • Menopause
  • Childbirth
  • Aging
  • Hysterectomy
  • Organ prolapse

It’s important to underscore the role that menopause plays in urinary incontinence in women.

As you age and your hormone levels drop, your vaginal tissue and muscles naturally weaken, which can lead to bladder control problems. While aging and menopause are inevitable, there are treatments to help you cope with the more problematic side effects, namely urinary incontinence.

What are the treatments for urinary incontinence?

After Dr. Ahdoot reviews your symptoms, he performs a physical exam and gathers urine for an analysis. Once he zeros in on a diagnosis, he starts you on an appropriate treatment plan, which may include:

  • Bladder training
  • Fluid management
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Medications
  • Pessary, which helps support your bladder in cases of prolapse
  • Botox® to calm the muscles in your bladder
  • Surgical intervention for pelvic organ prolapse

More often than not, Dr. Ahdoot recommends approaching the issue from several different angles to get the best results. Medical intervention alongside behavioral changes can make a big impact on incontinence issues.

If you’re suffering from urinary incontinence, help is on hand. Call Dr. Ahdoot or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.