Stress And Urge Incontinence Specialist

coastal obstetrics and gynecology -  - OBGYN

coastal obstetrics and gynecology

OBGYNs located in stamford, CT

About 10% of American women under age 65 and 35% over 65 struggle with urinary incontinence. Board-certified OB/GYN's Robert Gennaro, MD, Patrick Cahill, DO, Antonios Panagiotakis, DO, Shieva Ghofrany, MD, FACOG, and their team at Coastal Obstetrics & Gynecology treat incontinence with Viveve® at their office in Stamford, Connecticut. To find lasting relief from stress and urge incontinence, call or book an appointment online today.

Stress and Urge Incontinence Q & A

What is urinary incontinence?

A common issue among women, urinary incontinence happens when urine leaks from your bladder unintentionally. Although not a life-threatening problem, incontinence is often embarrassing and can negatively affect your work and personal life.

The team at Coastal Obstetrics & Gynecology treats different types of urinary incontinence, including:

Stress incontinence

The most common type of incontinence occurs when urine leaks during activities that create pressure on your bladder. You may have stress incontinence if you leak urine while laughing, sneezing, coughing, or exercising.

Urge incontinence

As the name suggests, urge incontinence happens when you have a sudden, intense urge to use the restroom followed by accidental urine loss. This type may make you feel the need to urinate often, even overnight.

It’s possible to experience both of these conditions at the same time, which is called mixed incontinence.

What causes urinary incontinence in women?

Almost everyone experiences accidental urine loss from time to time, including men. However, persistent urinary incontinence is much more common in women.

Common causes for female urinary incontinence include:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Advancing age
  • Hysterectomy
  • Menopause

Whether through hormone changes, physical trauma, or natural effects of aging, the muscles supporting your vagina and pelvic organs become lax and lose elasticity. In addition to treating bladder control problems, vaginal laxity can decrease sexual pleasure.

How do you treat stress and urge incontinence?

First, Dr. Ghofrany or a member of her team performs a physical exam and reviews your symptoms and medical history. Then, she recommends the best treatment for your particular needs.

She may recommend Viveve, a nonsurgical treatment to relieve female urinary incontinence. Viveve uses radiofrequency energy to gently heat deep vaginal tissues while cooling the surface.

This heat stimulates your body’s natural process of tissue rejuvenation, forming new collagen and elastin. By restoring a youthful tone to your vaginal tissues, Viveve enhances muscular support of your bladder. This leads to greater control over urine flow.

Viveve is a painless, 30-minute procedure that doesn’t require downtime for recovery. However, you should wait at least two days before having sex.

If you struggle with urinary stress incontinence, call Coastal Obstetrics & Gynecology or message us using our Klara system.