Incontinence: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

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Incontinence is the uncontrollable loss of urine experienced by which is both uncomfortable and embarrassing. As an alternative to seeing an urologist Des Moines ObGyn, Dr. Ross J. Valone is qualified to care for urinary incontinence in women with quick evaluation and treatments with proven long-range efficacy. There is not one fix-all solution for incontinence, and before you can consider treatment, you should visit Dr. Ross J Valone’s clinic for a thorough evaluation of your ailment:


Although there are 10 types of incontinence, but the two most prevalent types in women are:

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1.         Stress Urinary Incontinence:  

This is also referred to as “effort incontinence” results mainly from the weakening of pelvic floor muscles. This weakening leads to small losses of urine whenever you sneeze, cough, exercise or laugh as these actions will exert an involuntary pressure on the already weakened pelvic muscles.

Common Causes in Women

Pregnancy, childbirth and menopause are major milestones in a woman’s life but may also often result in Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). This type of incontinence is also experienced as another symptom of PMS, since lowered estrogen levels decrease muscle tension in the urethra causing SUI to become more pronounced in the week leading up to menses. In menopause, the similar lowering in estrogen levels will also result in SUI.


2.     Urge Urinary Incontinence

Also known as “reflex incontinence” this condition can be caused by damage to the bladder nerves, spinal chord or damages to the bladder muscles themselves. This results in accidental seepage of urine accompanied by sudden, uncontrollable urges to urinate since the bladder becomes unstable and overactive. Patients who have this condition will also lose urine in their sleep or may even be triggered by the mere sound of running water or drinking a little bit of water.

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urologist Des MoinesJust like any good urologist Des Moines based ObGyn Specialist, Dr. Ross J Valone can effectively assess, evaluate and treat your incontinence problem.  In mild cases of uterine prolapse, a device known as a vaginal pessary can yield satisfactory results. It can offer a temporary or permanent solution and is a simple procedure. Periodic cleaning will required maintain optimal efficacy as pessaries can cause mild irritation, smelly discharge and may interfere with intercourse.


Although not a urologist, Des Moines ObGyn Specialist, Dr. Ross Valone, is qualified to prescribe the best treatment based on your personal needs.