As many as 1 in 4 women may experience urinary incontinence at some time in her life. Sadly, most of these women go untreated or take years to report their bladder control problems to their healthcare providers.
Many women see incontinence as a normal sign of aging. But it's actually a very treatable problem.
At Bay Area Medical Center (BAMC), our quest is to educate the public and empower women to gain control over their incontinence symptoms and improve the quality of their lives.
The BAMC Women's Health Center offers several programs to help women who are dealing with incontinence.
Bladder Health Screenings
These free screenings give you the chance to talk about your concerns with one of our bladder health specialists. The screening will help you:
- Better understand your condition.
- Learn about treatment options.
- Decide what your next steps should be.
To schedule a bladder health screening, call 715-732-5111
Urodynamic testing. The results of this test can show if the bladder and urethra are releasing urine correctly and storing urine effectively.
If tests show that you have incontinence, BAMC has a team of doctors and other specialists who can help.
The treatments our team recommends will depend on your needs. Two options are:
Physical therapy involves an assessment of the pelvis to develop a treatment plan focused on exercise to strengthen the muscles around the bladder and to provide education on strategies to improve incontinence. The assessment and treatment will be performed by a female physical therapist who has had specific training in women's health.
This is a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure performed to strengthen the uterus. BAMC has two doctors who perform uterine suspension.