Urinary incontinence is an issue many women face at some point at their lives, and you should not feel too embarrassed by it to discuss treatments with your doctor. At Honu Women’s Health, our board-certified OBGYN, Dr. Aya Sultan, helps patients feel comfortable discussing issues like urinary incontinence in a judgement-free environment. Pregnancy, childbirth or menopause can cause incontinence, which happens when the bladder muscles suddenly tighten and the sphincter muscles are not strong enough to pinch the urethra shut. While there are many causes and triggers for this issue, there are also many treatments.
Dr. Sultan’s unique background has adeptly prepared her to excel at solving health-related issues that may be keeping you in doctors’ offices asking questions that continue to go unanswered. If you have been unable to put a stop to your urinary incontinence, you’ve found a practice where we will persistently try new treatments until we find something that works for you. We offer a number of treatments for urinary incontinence that have changed the lives of many of our patients.
Reproductive events like pregnancy, childbirth and menopause affect the bladder, urethra and other muscles supporting these organs which can cause urinary incontinence. It can happen to women of any age, but more commonly occurs in older women. The two most common types of urinary incontinence are:
As the most common type of urinary incontinence affecting younger women, stress incontinence happens when there is stress or pressure on the bladder, which can happen when you cough, sneeze or laugh. Sudden movements and physical activity can also cause urine leakage.
This type of incontinence usually happens after a strong, sudden urge to urinate before you can get to a bathroom. It can happen when you don’t expect it, such as during sleep, after drinking water or when you hear or touch running water.
In addition to reproductive events like pregnancy or menopause, urinary incontinence can be worsened by certain medications, caffeine or infections of the urinary tract or bladder. In addition to her medical training, Dr. Sultan holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology which is beneficial to patients who may be experiencing urinary incontinence due to these issues. She can apply her expert knowledge of pharmacological interactions of medicines in the bloodstream to determine if your medications could be exacerbating your urinary incontinence.