Urinary Incontinence Specialist

Grube Gynecology

Gynecologists & Women's Health located in Frackville, PA & Pottsville, PA

You’re not alone if you have urinary incontinence; two-thirds of all adults with urinary incontinence are women. Dr. Timothy Grube and the team at Grube Gynecology can help you find a solution by determining the type of urinary incontinence you have and creating a customized treatment plan. Urinary incontinence doesn’t have to control your life. Call the office in Frackville, Pennsylvania or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment today.

Urinary Incontinence Q & A

What causes urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence occurs when you lose bladder control and accidentally leak urine. Incontinence can be a temporary condition caused by a urinary tract infection or by some foods, beverages, and medications.

If your urinary incontinence is ongoing, it’s most likely caused by weak pelvic floor muscles or a problem with the nerves that control your bladder. The pelvic floor muscles are a group of muscles that hold the bladder in place and control the flow of urine.

A few factors known to contribute to urinary incontinence include:

  • Hormone changes: Loss of estrogen leads to atrophy and weakness in the urinary tract
  • Pregnancy and childbirth: Pressure from the baby’s weight and vaginal delivery can affect muscles and nerves
  • Age-related changes: Bladder muscles weaken with age
  • Obstruction: Stones or tumors that block the urinary tract may cause overflow incontinence

What are the different types of urinary incontinence?

You may develop one of the three primary types of urinary incontinence, or you could have symptoms of several kinds, which is called mixed incontinence.

The main types of urinary incontinence are:

Stress incontinence

You leak urine when you cough, laugh, sneeze, pick up a heavy object, or do anything that places pressure on your bladder.

Urge incontinence

Urge incontinence, or overactive bladder, makes you leak urine when you have a sudden and powerful urge to urinate.

Overflow incontinence

This type of incontinence occurs when your bladder doesn’t empty completely during urination. You frequently leak due to the extra urine left in your bladder.

How is urinary incontinence treated?

You may need to undergo urodynamic studies, which are specialized tests to evaluate issues like whether your bladder can fill up correctly and empty completely. Then the team at Grube Gynecology recommends a customized treatment plan based on the type and severity of your urinary incontinence.

Your treatment may include one or more of the following:

  • Exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles
  • Electrical stimulation to strengthen muscles
  • Bladder training to delay urination and get better bladder control
  • Medications to relax bladder muscles
  • Collagen injections to partially block urethra
  • BOTOX® injections to stop overactive bladder muscles
  • Urethral insert or pessary to block urine leakage
  • Minimally invasive procedures to support the urethra and repair pelvic floor muscles

If you’re beginning to experience urinary incontinence, call Grube Gynecology or book an appointment online today.