Incontinence Specialist

Bluewater Urology Associates

Urologists located in Orange Park, FL

It can be embarrassing to talk about urinary incontinence, but ignoring it can negatively affect your quality of life. Mary Ann Kenneson, MD, and her team at Bluewater Urology Associates in Orange Park, Florida, understand the sensitive nature of urinary health and offer effective treatment options in a safe environment you can trust. If you’re looking for solutions for your involuntary leakage, call Bluewater Urology Associates or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Incontinence Q & A

What is incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of bladder control. This common condition can vary in severity from complete loss of bladder control to small amounts of urine leaking when you sneeze.

There are several types of urinary incontinence, including:

  • Overactive bladder: a frequent and urgent need to urinate
  • Stress incontinence: leakage from abdominal pressure like coughing or sneezing
  • Urge incontinence: trouble making it to the bathroom; leakage when you first get an urge to void

More than one type of incontinence can occur at the same time.

What causes incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is a symptom of something else, either lifestyle factors or physical problems.

Common causes of incontinence include:

  • Aging
  • Family history
  • Neurological issues
  • Obstructions like kidney stones or tumors

Urinary incontinence is especially common in women as a result of pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause. In men, prostate conditions can contribute to urinary incontinence.

You can also experience urinary incontinence because of temporary conditions such as constipation and bladder infections. Additional factors that can lead to urinary incontinence or bladder irritation include:

  • Sugary foods or chocolate
  • Spicy foods like hot peppers
  • Acidic foods like tomatoes or citrus
  • Caffeinated, carbonated, or alcoholic beverages
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Certain medications

How is incontinence diagnosed?

Dr. Kenneson and her team at Bluewater Urology Associates perform a variety of urologic evaluations to reach a diagnosis of the cause of your urinary incontinence. Based on your symptoms, these might include:

  • Physical examination
  • Cystometrogram
  • Electromyograms (EMGs)
  • Uroflowmetry
  • Urethroscopy
  • Potassium stress tests

How is incontinence treated?

Treatment of urinary incontinence depends on its cause. Dr. Kenneson and her team at Bluewater Urology Associates work with their patients to outline the best treatments based on their individual situation. Some options include medications and biofeedback to retrain the muscles of the bladder.

For women, Bluewater Urology Associates also offers MonaLisa Touch® laser therapy. This innovative treatment uses fractional CO₂ energy to gently stimulate the collagen within the walls of the vagina to restore muscle tone and vaginal health.

In addition to medical treatments, your doctor might recommend lifestyle modifications, including:

  • Weight management
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • A healthy, fiber-rich diet
  • Quitting smoking

To learn more about innovative treatments for urinary incontinence, call Bluewater Urology Associates or schedule an appointment online today.