Urinary Incontinence Specialist

Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC

OB/GYNs located in Midwood, Brooklyn, NY & Upper East Side, New York, NY

Urinary incontinence affects more women than men and can be an extremely embarrassing problem that impacts your quality of life. At Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC in New York, the experienced team offers natural treatments for urinary incontinence. They take a personalized approach to determining the underlying cause of your urinary incontinence and can help you control symptoms without medication, whenever possible. Call the offices in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, or schedule an appointment online today.

Urinary Incontinence Q & A

What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence, or loss of bladder control, is a common problem for women that can negatively impact your quality of life. Incontinence often occurs after pregnancy or as you get older, but it doesn’t have to disrupt your life indefinitely.

You may experience urinary incontinence in a few different ways. Some adults have leaky bladders, while others have an increased need to use the bathroom, or sudden urges to get to a toilet immediately. Or you may have to get up many times during the night to empty your bladder, interrupting your sleep and making it hard to get adequate rest.

What are the most common types of urinary incontinence?

Stress incontinence and urge incontinence (overactive bladder) are the two most common types of incontinence. Some people have one or the other, while some experience a mixture of both conditions.

If you experience stress incontinence, a small amount of urine may leak out when you cough, laugh, or exercise. With urge incontinence, you experience a sudden urge to urinate and urine loss that’s uncontrollable.

Other types of incontinence include overflow incontinence, which is the frequent dribbling of urine, and mixed incontinence, in which you experience several types at the same time.

You may experience just a minor urine leak, or you may lose a moderate amount of urine more frequently, and it can become embarrassing and difficult to manage.

What causes urinary incontinence?

Stress incontinence is usually the result of weakened pelvic muscles, which causes your bladder to shift from its normal position. In addition to age-related factors, your pelvic muscles may become weaker as a result of:

  • Pregnancy and vaginal deliveries
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Smoking
  • Having a hysterectomy
  • Physical activity over the years

Abnormal bladder contractions cause urge incontinence and are usually the result of nerve damage from other health conditions, such as diabetes or a stroke. 

What are my urinary incontinence treatment options?

Your provider at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC considers your health history and symptoms so they can determine the underlying cause of your incontinence and provide the most effective treatment for your specific condition. They might recommend:

  • Behavioral modification strategies
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Dietary and fluid management
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Medications
  • Nerve stimulation
  • Injections
  • Medical device inserts
  • Surgical procedures

The urinary incontinence solution that’s right for you depends on the type of incontinence you have and its severity. Your provider might recommend more than one treatment to give you a better quality of life.

To learn more about urinary incontinence treatment options, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC over the phone or online today.