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Leaky Bladder in Women

If you’re a woman who suffers from a leaky bladder, or urinary incontinence, you know how frustrating it can be. Fortunately, you can seek help from a urologist or urogynecologist.

When’s the Best Time to Seek Help?

It’s important to schedule an appointment with a specialist if your leaky bladder is being caused by an underlying medical condition. Other reasons to request an appointment include:

  • Being embarrassed about the issue
  • Your leaky bladder is starting to impact your ability to take part in different activities
  • You need to urinate multiple times throughout the night, which is causing exhaustion from lack of sleep
  • Even when you urinate, you feel like you’re unable to empty your bladder

What is Causing my Leaky Bladder?

The cause of a leaky bladder depends on the person. Here are a few reasons you could be having bladder control problems:

  • There is an infection in the bladder
  • Smoking can cause bladder leakage
  • Weak pelvic muscles due to childbirth and age
  • Obesity

Treating a Leaky Bladder

More often than not, a leaky bladder is caused by weak pelvic muscles. There are a few methods your urologist or urogynecologist may suggest in order to improve your pelvic muscles, including:

  • Regular cardio exercise, such as brisk walks, eventually prevent bladder control problems
  • Pelvic stimulation using electricity to contract pelvic muscles
  • Kegel exercises
  • Weight training by putting a small weight in the vagina
  • Modifying diet by limiting caffeinated drinks and diet soda

For more information on urinary incontinence, visit our urinary incontinence health library page or call us at (415) 923-3123 for an appointment.