Urinary Incontinence Specialist

Bayside Urology

Cesar Abreu, MD

Urologist & Urologic Oncology located in Down Town Clearwater, Clearwater, FL & Behind Mease Dunedin In the Medical Arts Building, Dunedin, FL

Urinary incontinence can cause you to feel uncertain about attending public events or straying too far from a restroom. At Bayside Urology in Clearwater and Dunedin, Florida, urologist Cesar Abreu Jr., MD, and his team provide treatment for urinary incontinence and conditions that cause it. If you struggle to hold your urine or experience leakage, call Bayside Urology or book an appointment online today.

Urinary Incontinence Q & A

What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is a very common issue that can cause embarrassment in your day-to-day life. It results in a range of symptoms affecting your ability to adequately hold your urine. 

Your symptoms depend on the type of urinary incontinence affecting you:

Stress incontinence

Stress incontinence happens when the muscles in your pelvic floor are too weak to fully support your bladder and urethra. If you strain these muscles by laughing, coughing, sneezing, or lifting a heavy object, you might leak a bit of urine. 

Urgency incontinence

Urgency incontinence, also called overactive bladder, happens when you get the strong urge to urinate. The urge may be so strong that you struggle to make it to the bathroom in time for it to come out.

Overflow incontinence

If you have overflow incontinence, your bladder cannot empty entirely. You might notice that you urinate often throughout the day and only a little bit at a time. This may be due to a prostate complication, a neurological condition, or another medical cause. 

Mixed incontinence

Mixed incontinence happens if you have more than one type of incontinence at a time. 

What causes urinary incontinence?

Many conditions and lifestyle factors can cause either temporary or chronic urinary incontinence. The Bayside Urology team reviews your medical history and might perform tests to identify the cause or causes of your incontinence. Urinary incontinence might be a symptom of:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Constipation
  • Diabetes
  • Prostate complications
  • Menopause
  • Neurological conditions (e.g., multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke)

You might also develop urinary incontinence after childbirth because of the changes that happen to your body. If no underlying conditions or age-related changes are causing your incontinence, it might be the side effect of a medication. 

What are my treatment options for urinary incontinence?

Your personalized urinary incontinence treatment plan accounts for the contributing factors in your case. The team at Bayside Urology recommends the treatment best suited for your condition and may combine approaches. 

A conservative treatment plan for urinary incontinence might involve:

  • Lifestyle changes (e.g., diet modifications, weight loss)
  • Bladder training
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Estrogen hormone therapy (for women)
  • Bladder-relaxing drugs

If these approaches can’t effectively treat your incontinence, the Bayside Urology team might recommend more aggressive surgical options. Surgical treatments for urinary incontinence might involve male or female mesh slings, an artificial sphincter, or other reconstructive strategies. 

If your urinary incontinence problems consistently cause physical discomfort or embarrassment, call Bayside Urology or book an appointment online today.