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Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth

Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth  
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Incontinence 

Many women - young and older - live with the symptoms of incontinence, but they don't have to. At the Paul and Judy Andrews Women's Hospital at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, the urogynecologists on the medical staff offer a wide array of advanced technologies to treat incontinence. Options include both surgical and non-surgical methods, including pelvic floor exercises, medications, devices and neurostimulation therapy.

Urinary incontinence is common, but not commonly talked about. In fact, it's estimated that fewer than half of sufferers ever talk to their doctors about their symptoms. As many as one in four will suffer incontinence at some point in their life.

While many women don't seek treatment for incontinence, the most effective treatments available are actually very simple.

Incontinence

  • Both young and older women can develop it
  • Young women can develop it after childbirth
  • Women can also develop it as they enter their 50s
  • Many women just live with the symptoms

Two Types of Incontinence

Stress Incontinence

  • When women leak urine while laughing, coughing, exercising, etc.
  • It is most common in young women after childbirth

Urge Incontinence

  • When you all of a sudden feel the intense urge to use the restroom, and so often by the time you get there it's too late.
  • Urge incontinence is most common in women over 50 and develops as a result of aging.

Treatment with Physical Therapy

  • Studies show that the most effective treatment available is physical therapy
  • Getting tips from a physical therapist can help women
  • More than half of women suffering from incontinence can be helped by physical therapy

Other Treatments Available

  •  Medications can be effective
  • Surgery can correct physical causes
  • "Pacemaker for the bladder" is an advanced treatment option

To find a doctor for the treatment of incontinence, call 1.800.4BAYLOR or search our online physician directory.