Strategies for women’s health care: Bladder Wellness

As a woman matures and advances through her life, her health care needs evolve. Changes come - throughout puberty, young adulthood, childbearing years, menopause and the natural course of aging - that need to be addressed individually. And because every woman is unique, her physical and emotional response to each stage will be exclusively her own.

The Providence Health & Services family understands what women want and need at every stage of their lives. Our Providence Medical Institute and Facey Medical Foundation women’s health physicians, with offices from Santa Clarita and Simi Valley to the South Bay, urge you to talk about any bladder control issues because treatment is available.

Providence offers comprehensive women’s care, where women are cared for by experts highly qualified in their specialties - including a large number of female physicians. Providence provides the most advanced treatment options, procedures and equipment available, as well as education, to help women stay well.

Urinary incontinence, or the involuntary loss of urine, affects up to 50 percent of women of all ages. It can severely affect a woman’s quality of life, preventing her from enjoying activities with family and friends for fear of embarrassment. The risk of developing incontinence increases with aging, obesity, diabetes and childbirth. Fortunately, many advances in the treatment of incontinence have been made in the past 10 years to offer women relief.

The Bladder Wellness Program at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills and Providence Holy Cross Health Center in Santa Clarita offers diagnostics and a range of treatments to help patients regain control of their bladders.

There’s nothing worse for millions of women who have to go when they’re on the go. The causes are many but loss of bladder control is not normal and there are remedies for those embarrassing and uncomfortable “accidents.”

It’s a problem affecting nearly 13 million people in the U.S. – mostly women. Often women dismiss loss of bladder control as a normal part of aging. The most common type of problem is stress incontinence caused by a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles and most commonly a result of childbirth or weight gain. 

Urge incontinence involves he nervous system that helps control the bladder muscle itself.  Sometimes the nervous system develops problems in a way that is similar to tremors or twitches in other muscles of the body.  When the bladder involuntarily contracts, urine is unexpectedly forced out. 

Urologists Michael Hyman, M.D., and Philip Weintraub, M.D., run the bladder wellness program and have helped hundreds of women.

“Women who either urinate too frequently and urgently or cannot even hold their urine and have unwanted accidents are not experiencing normal aspects of aging,” Dr. Hyman said. “Not only are such bladder conditions abnormal, they should be evaluated and treated.”

Treatment options include medication, behavioral and nutritional modification, pelvic muscle exercises and surgery.

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