Incontinence and Women

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It’s an issue not many women want to talk about, but millions face it every day. Incontinence,
or an involuntary leakage of urine, affects approximately 15 million American women. Recent research shows a direct relationship between the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries and the likelihood of a future heart attack. Many people with plaque or calcium deposits clogging their heart’s blood vessels do not have any symptoms or warning signs, yet they may be in danger of having heart attacks.

Incontinence, pelvic prolapse and pelvic pain are just some of the issues Dr. Alok Desai, a urologist at Potomac Urology and Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, sees often: “I treat women in their early 20s all the way to their 90s,” she said.

Dr. Desai has been practicing female urogynecology and male urology for more than a decade and is certified in both fields. “The field has really developed with combining urology and gynecology into female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery,” said Dr. Desai. “This has the potential to help many women who deal with quality-of-life issues from incontinence after having children to, as they age, recurring urinary tract infections, vaginal prolapse or sexual dysfunction.”

A number of these issues surface after childbirth, and many women feel like it’s something they just have to live with, but according to Dr. Desai, that’s not the case. There are many treatment options. “If it affects your quality of life, you should go see an urogynecologic specialist and get it checked out because there are some basic treatments that can help,” said Desai. “We can try medications or minimally, non-invasive
techniques like pelvic floor physical therapy. Only 20 percent of my patients require surgical treatment for their problems, and many of those are done on an outpatient basis.”

If you or someone you love is living with these pelvic floor conditions, suffer no longer. Call 1-800-SENTARA or visit sentara.com to find a provider who is right for you and can you get back to your busy life again.

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