Treatment for Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Prolapse
There are many possible causes of Urinary Incontinence, including bladder infections, damage to support tissues, and muscle or nerve disorders. Likewise, there are a number of factors that contribute to Pelvic Prolapse. These factors include vaginal deliveries, severe obesity, strenuous exercise, pelvic tumors, chronic constipation, and repetitive, heavy lifting. Unfortunately, genetics may also play a role as well.
Although post-menopausal woman are more prone to experiencing a prolapse, younger women can develop prolapse as well. This is a result of changes in hormone levels following menopause causing the ligaments and muscles of the pelvis to weaken and become less elastic.
In many instances, Pelvic Prolapse and Urinary Incontinence occur simultaneously. This occurs more often after a vaginal.
How Common are These Conditions?
Leakage of urine is very common. In fact, it affects between 10-20 percent of women under age 65, and up to 56 percent of women over age 65. Additionally, another 11 percent of women will undergo treatment for Pelvic Prolapse at some point in their lives. But, the true number of affected women for both conditions is unknown since many do not seek help due to shame, embarrassment, or the thought that these symptoms are a common side effect of aging.
How Are These Conditions Treated?
Both Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Prolapse are conditions, not diseases, and most cases can be successfully treated. Before deciding which course of treatment to follow, your doctor will want to determine the causes of your condition through a detailed medical history and, oftentimes, a pelvic exam.
Treatments for Urinary Incontinence can include exercise and rehabilitation, behavioral or dietary changes, medication, urinary control products, or in some instances, surgery. New surgical procedures are available for treatments of some types of Urinary Incontinence.
The most common treatment for Pelvic Prolapse is surgery, although exercise and non-surgical options are also available. New artificial meshes are now available to improve the success of surgery to help alleviate your symptoms and pain.
When deciding which treatment is right for you, always consult with your doctor.