Up to one-third of men and women in the United States have some form of bladder control issues and incontinence, though the problem overwhelmingly strikes women. At GYN Specialists of Reno, board-certified urogynecologist Bruce Crawford, MD, FPMRS, has made it his mission to help women in Reno, Nevada, and around the world, regain control of their lives through better bladder control. To learn more, please call the office or use the online scheduling tool.
Urinary incontinence is a very common condition, especially among women who are 40 or older, that’s caused by a lack of bladder control.
The numbers surrounding bladder control problems in women are eye-opening — 4 in 10 women over the age of 65 have urinary incontinence, and nearly 70% of women between the ages of 42 and 64 deal with the issue at least once a month.
Bladder control problems are more prevalent in women because of pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause, which can weaken and damage the pelvic floor muscles.
There are several types of urinary incontinence, including:
This is the most common type of incontinence, and it occurs because of weakened pelvic muscles that allow urine to leak. This leakage can occur during activities that put added stresses on the pelvic muscles, such as running or simply sneezing.
With this type of bladder control issue, which is also called urgency incontinence, the need to urinate is urgent, even if your bladder is only partially full. This is because your brain sends the message that you need to urinate prematurely or your bladder is overactive and contracts.
As the name suggests, mixed incontinence is a bladder control issue that’s a combination of stress incontinence and overactive bladder.
Dr. Crawford is widely known for his efforts in bladder control programs. With the belief that urinary incontinence is an issue of fitness and bladder training, he developed a program called the Pfilates™ program, which goes far beyond average Kegel exercises.
Through a program of movement that’s designed to condition and strengthen the pelvic floor, Dr. Crawford has helped women gain the upper hand on urinary incontinence in just 4-6 weeks. In fact, 74% of those who practice Pfilates see an improvement after just four weeks.
The final step in Dr. Crawford’s program is working with a cutting-edge pelvic floor neuromuscular training center called VESy Lab™, which allows him to determine the best exercises for your pelvic floor.
If you’d like to learn more about the innovative solutions that GYN Specialists of Reno is providing to improve bladder control, call the office or use the online scheduling tool.