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Incontinence Specialist

Elite Women's Care

Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Hoffman Estates, IL

Almost half of women over 50 experience incontinence, which is leaking urine, at some point during their lives. If this statistic includes you, and you’d like to avoid embarrassing urine leaks, the expert OB/GYN team at Elite Women’s Care in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, is here for you. They offer advanced treatments that give you relief from incontinence symptoms. Schedule an appointment by phone or book online to learn more about your options.

Incontinence Q & A

What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is a loss of bladder control that can range from mild leaks to significant loss of urine. While incontinence is common, it’s often embarrassing and can diminish your quality of life. 

Seeking treatment with a women’s health specialist from the Elite Women’s Care team can offer you relief from this frustrating condition.

What are the symptoms of urinary incontinence?

Some signs and symptoms associated with urinary incontinence include:

Stress incontinence 

Urine leaks with coughing, laughing, sneezing, exercise, or heavy lifting.

Urge incontinence 

A strong, sudden urge to urinate followed by urine leaks.

Mixed incontinence 

A mixture of both types of urinary incontinence.

If urinary incontinence negatively affects your everyday life or embarrasses you, see the expert OB/GYN team at Elite Women’s Care for an evaluation.

What are the risk factors for urinary incontinence?

Any woman can develop urinary incontinence, but factors that increase your risk of developing it include:

  • Older age
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight
  • Having diabetes
  • Neurological diseases
  • Family history of incontinence
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Menopause

Incontinence isn’t always preventable, but you can lower your risk of experiencing it by maintaining a healthy weight, doing pelvic floor exercises, treating constipation, not smoking, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol.

How is urinary incontinence diagnosed and treated?

To diagnose urinary incontinence, your Elite Women’s Care provider reviews your medical history and symptoms. They might have you complete a urine test, bladder diary, or bladder function tests. In some cases your specialist might recommend a pelvic ultrasound.

Your personalized urinary incontinence treatment plan is based on the type of symptoms you experience and their severity. Your OB/GYN provider might recommend:

  • Bladder training
  • Pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises
  • Electrical stimulation 
  • Laser therapy
  • Radiofrequency treatment
  • Nerve stimulators
  • Injections
  • Medications
  • Vaginal inserts
  • Surgical procedures

Your women’s health provider reviews the risks and benefits of each incontinence treatment to help you choose one that’s right for you. They might recommend more than one solution to help you achieve the best outcome.

Don’t live with embarrassing urine leaks when you don’t have to. Schedule an appointment with Elite Women’s Care by phone or book your visit online today.