Medical Care for Women, PC
Andrea D. Olanescu, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Astoria, NY & Jamaica, NY
Urinary incontinence causes you to lose control of your bladder and is often a sign of a more significant underlying issue. At Medical Care for Women in Astoria, New York and Jamaica, NY, Andrea Olanescu, MD, provides compassionate and expert care for women with urinary incontinence. Dr. Olanescu offers a variety of services to treat your incontinence and strengthen your pelvic floor. Schedule an appointment today by phone or online to learn more.
Urinary Incontinence Q&A
What causes urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence comes as a result of a wide range of medical conditions. In some cases, urinary incontinence is temporary, though it can quickly develop into a chronic problem.
In the case of chronic incontinence, it’s possible that there are no known treatments to resolve your problem. Dr. Olanescu works hard to manage your symptoms and alleviate your discomfort.
While many women avoid treatment, it’s essential that you get in touch with Medical Care for Women to determine whether you’re affected by a more significant underlying condition.
Some of the most common causes of urinary incontinence include, but are not limited to:
- Prostate cancer
- Neurological disorders
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Enlarged prostate
- Urinary tract obstructions
As you age, your muscles start to weaken and can cause urinary incontinence. Some other risk factors include genetics, smoking, and being overweight.
If you experience urinary incontinence, you might also exhibit symptoms such as urinary tract infections and skin rashes.
How is urinary incontinence diagnosed?
The most important thing to do to diagnose urinary incontinence is not to wait until symptoms dissipate. Get in touch with Dr. Olanescu for a comprehensive exam. In addition to studying your medical and family histories, she also performs some of the following tests:
- Bladder analysis
- Post-void residual treatment
- Urodynamic testing
- Pelvic ultrasounds
Once she’s identified the cause of your incontinence, she can recommend rigorous treatment to alleviate your symptoms.
How is urinary incontinence treated?
At Medical Care for Women PC, treating urinary incontinence often involves a series of different strategies, depending on the intensity of your symptoms. Some of the most common include:
Pelvic floor rehab
Pelvic floor rehab refers to a noninvasive solution that can involve any of the following:
- Functional retraining
- Therapeutic exercises
- Bladder training
- Relaxation techniques
Dr. Olanescu can also recommend e-stim treatment, which involves a mild electrical stimulation designed to improve the contraction of your muscles and stabilize your bladder.
Pelvic floor rehab can take up to 8 weeks to show conclusive results.
MonaLisa Touch is a minimally invasive 3-5 minute procedure that uses laser energy to strengthen your vaginal wall.
After evaluating your medical history, Dr. Olanescu can recommend some medication to help with your urinary incontinence, such as:
- Topical estrogen
- Alpha blockers
Medication is an excellent alternative to more extensive treatment plans, though you need to make sure your health can withstand medication.
Urinary incontinence can put a significant damper on your self-confidence. Don’t wait for treatment. Schedule an appointment today over the phone or by using the online booking tool.