Leaky Bladder

Gynecology & Women's Health located in Napa, CA

Leaky Bladder

A leaky bladder can be embarrassing and uncomfortable to manage, but you don’t have to face it alone. With advanced diagnostic tools and evidence-based treatments, John Armstrong Jr., MD, MS, can effectively help treat bladder leakage and regain control of your bladder function. Call John T. Armstrong Jr. MD Inc. in Napa, California, or schedule an appointment online today to learn more. You can also book a telehealth visit for your convenience.

Leaky Bladder Q & A

What is a leaky bladder?

A leaky bladder, also called urinary incontinence, is a loss of bladder control. The condition is common and can be a mild inconvenience or a serious concern that interferes with your daily activities. It may happen when you laugh at a joke or cough during a bad cold. You may also have a sudden urge to urinate but find yourself unable to reach the bathroom in time.

Many women experience urine leakage after pregnancy and childbirth, but taking proactive steps to manage the condition can greatly improve your quality of life.

What are the signs of a leaky bladder?

Leaking urine is the most common sign of urinary incontinence. If you have a leaky bladder, you may experience:

  • Leakage when you cough, sneeze, or exercise
  • Small or large amounts of leakage
  • Dripping or occasional urine leakage
  • Difficulty holding your bladder through the night

Urinary incontinence can strike suddenly without warning. You may have the urge to urinate immediately without time to make it to the toilet.

What is the main cause of a leaky bladder?

Many medical conditions, medications, and underlying problems can cause a leaky bladder, including: 

  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Pregnancy
  • Pelvic floor disorders
  • Menopause
  • Constipation
  • Caffeine and alcohol
  • Diuretics and antidepressants

With in-house ultrasounds and advanced diagnostic tools, your gynecologist can uncover your leaky bladder’s root cause and issue the appropriate treatment.

How do you fix a leaky bladder?

Dr. Armstrong offers many effective treatments to improve bladder function in women experiencing urinary incontinence. Treatments may include:

  • Kegel exercises for strengthening your pelvic floor muscles
  • Weight loss
  • Quitting smoking
  • Exercise
  • Biofeedback
  • Nerve stimulation
  • Pessary (insertable device that supports the bladder)
  • Minimally invasive surgery

Performing Kegel exercises correctly is essential to ensure their effectiveness. Your gynecologist can provide detailed instructions on how to maximize their effectiveness. You can perform Kegels anywhere and any time of the day, whether you’re sitting at a desk or watching TV at home.

While a leaky bladder can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, help is available to manage and improve the condition. Call John T. Armstrong Jr. MD Inc. today or schedule an appointment online to receive effective, compassionate care from an experienced gynecologist.