Millions of women experience involuntary loss of urine often called female stress incontinence or (FSI). Some women may lose only a few drops of urine often when they run or cough. Others may feel a strong, sudden urge to urinate just before losing a large amount of urine. Some women may have both symptoms.
Common reasons for FSI include, pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, and the structure of the female urinary tract. Urine loss can also occur during sexual activity and cause tremendous emotional distress.
Older women experience FSI more often than younger women. But incontinence is not inevitable with age.
For some women, the risk of public embarrassment keeps them from enjoying many activities with their family and friends. However, FSI is a medical problem. Dr. Alarcon and his clinical team can help to properly diagnosis your condition and find you a solution.
No single treatment works for everyone, but many women can find improvement without surgery. For some women stress incontinence is treated initially with behavior modification and pelvic exercise. Also techniques like biofeedback or electrical stimulation of the pelvic muscles can help. When the symptoms are more severe, the treatment may involve minimally invasive surgery. In selected cases bulking agents can be used to increase continence. The most common and most popular surgery for stress incontinence is the sling procedure. In this operation a strip of tissue is applied under the urethra to provide compression and improve urethral closure. The operation is minimally invasive and patients typically recover very quickly.