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Medical Monday 12.9.13: Urinary Incontinence

| December 10, 2013

One in three women are suffering in silence from urinary incontinence, the inability to control the bladder and leak at any given time, MANY TIMES in the course of a day. Healthcare providers say MANY women are too embarrassed to admit they have the problem, but its quite common. Dr. Rachel Swartz is an  obstetrician and gynecologist for the Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle and says “STRESS incontinence that’s when you cough or sneeze or you laugh so hard you pee your pants and URGE incontinence which is that overwhelming feeling that you have to go you better get to the bathroom right away.” Dr. Swartz says the most common risk factors for having urinary incontinence include: Pregnancy, having a C Section and delivering a large baby, being overweight and increased age. She adds “when you get older our pelvic tissue start to get weaker ans the vaginal estrogen levels start to decline so the tissue is thinner and more plyeable.” Dr. Swartz says TAMC OB/GYN and Midwifery Services offers many treatment options, as well as the ability to refer patients to pelvic floor specialists outside the Presque Isle area. When examining options she says the first thing she recommends to patients is a lifestyle change. The other suggested treatments are the use of devices and mechanics including KEGAL exercises, a vaginal stimulator or weights, medication, and the last resort…surgery. Overall, Dr. Swartz says patients no longer have to fear living their lives because of urinary incontinence… Swartz says “I have known women that they don’t go places because they’re afraid they’re going to have an accident or they’re planning their trips on where the restrooms are or they’re not intimate anymore because they’re embarrassed and I just wanna let women know you don’t have to live like that that there’s options for treatment available.

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