What is Stress Urinary Incontinence?
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is the sudden, unintentional loss of urine during normal, everyday activities. You may notice this occuring when you cough, sneeze, laugh, exercise, lifting or changing positions from sitting to standing.
What treatments are available for Stress Urinary Incontinence?
Behavioral/Muscle Therapy, often referred to as Kegel exercises; are exercises to help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Some medications may be helpful to some types of incontinence, however, there are no current medications approved to treat SUI in the United States. Minimally-invansive surgical repair in an out-patient setting has proven results for effectively treating SUI.
My period interferes with regular activites, is heavy and irregular.
What are my options?
Often, women's periods can be heavy or irregular for a variety of conditions. Some may be related to hormone imbalance or uterine conditions such as fibroids or polyps. Options for treatment can range from hormone replacement therapy to surgical treatment. Ask Dr. Grafa and Dr. Brumm about the option that might be best for you.