Urology Female Incontinence Treatment

Female Urinary Incontinence Treatments

Your Partner for Incontinence Treatment

Female incontinence can impact your quality of life. It can also make daily activities challenging. If you leak urine or have trouble getting to the bathroom in time, you may benefit from treatment. Incontinence can occur in two main ways: stress urinary incontinence (leakage while lifting, coughing, sneezing) or urge urinary incontinence (leakage with a strong urge where you can't get to the bathroom in time). Some women have a mixture of these two.

Medication can often help resolve urinary incontinence, and this is often the first line treatment. But sometimes medicine isn’t enough. The expert urologists at Emory Healthcare Urology Services offer a wide range of surgical treatments that help both stress urinary incontinence and urge urinary incontinence.

We’re ready to work with you to find the right therapy. Our goal is to give you back your freedom for the activities you enjoy most.

Treatments for Female Incontinence

First line treatments usually include physical therapy, behavioral changes, and in some cases medication. When medication doesn’t work, you may need surgery to treat your incontinence. Surgery can also help if a physical problem like pelvic prolapse causes your incontinence.

Urologists at Emory Healthcare offer several procedural options:

  • Bulking injections: This procedure is an injection of material around the urethra to increase the tightness of the urethra and reduce leakage from stress urinary incontinence.
  • Sling procedure: This minimally invasive procedure is the most common treatment for stress incontinence. This surgery places a strip of either mesh or tissue under the urethra to increase support and reduce leakage. This helps many women to significantly reduce or even eliminate their leakage.
  • eCoin: This minimally invasive procedure is an implant that provides stimulation of the nerves in the leg that also relax the nerves that control the bladder. This is used for overactive bladder and urge urinary incontinence.
  • Botox injection: This procedure involves injections of medicine into the bladder muscle that relaxes these muscles and reduces urinary urgency and urge urinary incontinence.

Incontinence During Pregnancy

For female incontinence related to pregnancy and pelvic floor disorders, our Emory Healthcare Gynecology and Obstetrics colleagues offer evaluation and treatments.

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