Often, patients who experience incontinence are hesitant to speak up about their concerns. This is typical because incontinence can be an embarrassing problem to discuss, and because patients might secretly hope that the problem simply goes away by itself. But it’s important to understand that there’s nothing shameful about urinary incontinence; it’s actually quite common among both men and women. A urologist can determine the cause of your incontinence and explain your treatment options. You may even feel a sense of relief as soon as you visit a urologist simply from knowing that your problem will be managed properly.
You Have Developed Acute Incontinence
Acute urinary incontinence is when urine leakage begins suddenly. Acute incontinence can be caused by a bladder infection or urinary retention caused by fecal impaction. Acute incontinence could also be a side effect of medications. Acute incontinence is typically easily correctable.
Your Symptoms Interfere with Your Daily Life
If you experience persistent urinary incontinence, then there’s a good chance that you’ve had to restructure your daily routine to accommodate your urine leakage. You might find yourself bringing several changes of clothes with you wherever you go, perhaps along with special underwear or sanitary pads. You might even find yourself limiting or eliminating your social activities for fear of leaking while out of the house. When your symptoms interfere with your daily life, it’s time to talk to a doctor.
You Avoid Sexual Intercourse
Sexual intercourse is a healthy component of intimate relationships, yet people with urinary incontinence often avoid it. This can even cause relationship problems, particularly when the partner with urinary incontinence is hesitant to disclose the real reason for sexual avoidance. A chat with a urologist can help clear the air.
Here at Urology Associates, P.C., it’s our mission to improve our patients’ quality of life. Our urology team throughout Tennessee treats all types of conditions pertaining to urologic and sexual health, including urinary incontinence. Take the first step toward reclaiming your quality of life by calling us at 888-656-0667 and requesting an appointment.