Incontinence Specialist

Louisiana Center for Women’s Health

Comprehensive Women’s Healthcare & Aesthetic Clinics located in West Monroe, LA

Incontinence can be both inconvenient and embarrassing, but there are many treatments available that could address these problems. Whether you have urinary (bladder) or fecal (bowel) incontinence, the experienced team at Louisiana Center for Women's Health in West Monroe, Louisiana, can help. They offer expert diagnosis and treatment for the causes of incontinence that can free you from this distressing issue. Call the office to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.

Incontinence Q&A

What is urinary incontinence?

Having urinary incontinence means you're unable to hold onto your urine. This can result in small leakages of urine or, in some cases, complete emptying of the bladder.

Stress urinary incontinence occurs when you cough, sneeze, laugh, or otherwise put pressure on your bladder. Urgency urinary incontinence is where you get little or no warning of the need to urinate, which gives you insufficient time to reach the toilet.

Possible causes of urinary incontinence include:

  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Pelvic floor disorders
  • Diuretic medications
  • Bladder stones
  • Bladder or urethral growths
  • Excess caffeine or alcohol
  • Neuromuscular problems

It's not uncommon to develop incontinence after vaginal birth because of the excessive stretching of your pelvic muscles. Changes that occur during menopause also increase the risk of developing urinary incontinence.

What is fecal incontinence?

If you have fecal incontinence, it means you're unable to retain stool in your rectum until you reach the toilet. This can lead to stool leakage or complete evacuation of the bowel. Possible causes of fecal incontinence include:

  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Large hemorrhoids
  • Anal sphincter surgery
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Spinal cord injuries or diseases
  • Severe dementia
  • Tumors
  • Obstetric injuries

Both fecal and urinary incontinence can be a source of embarrassment and self-consciousness, and may have a significant impact on your ability to lead a normal life.

How is incontinence treated?

The Louisiana Center for Women's Health team has extensive experience in helping women overcome incontinence. First, they address any underlying causes of your condition. For example, a urinary tract infection that's causing urgency incontinence might need treatment with antibiotics.

Similarly, if you have fecal incontinence because of ulcerative colitis, it's essential to reduce bowel inflammation. To achieve this, you might need to take anti-inflammatory medication or use suppositories.

If the cause of your incontinence is a bladder problem or pelvic floor disorder, you might need to undergo a program of treatment that could include:

  • Bladder training
  • Kegel exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Using bladder support devices
  • Weight loss
  • Managing fluid intake
  • Mirabegron medication
  • Botox® injections
  • Biofeedback
  • Pessary (to support your vagina and lift your bladder)
  • Urethral bulking
  • Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS)

Muscle training, biofeedback, and electrical stimulation are also effective ways of treating some forms of fecal incontinence. In some cases, surgery might be necessary to repair or remove damaged or weakened tissues.

If you're suffering from incontinence, the compassionate team at Louisiana Center for Women's Health provides the expert care you need. Call their office or book an appointment online today.