Women's & Children's Hospital is proud to provide a resource for those suffering from incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction, a problem all too common, but embarrassing and often thought of as something you must live with.

Children and women of all ages may experience uncontrolled loss of urine in small or large amounts called urinary incontinence. What can start as a little leakage can become a much bigger problem if left untreated.

Weakness of the pelvic floor muscles, which form a sling around the vagina (birth canal), the urethra (tube from the bladder) and the rectum, may cause leakage or incontinence. This weakness may be a result of aging, pregnancy, childbirth, chronic constipation, chronic coughing, etc.

If you notice leaking when you cough, sneeze, lift, or exercise, you may have the most common type of leakage called stress incontinence. If you feel a sudden and strong need to urinate and sometimes do not make it to the bathroom in time, you may have urge incontinence. A combination of both types is called mixed incontinence.

You don’t have to live this way.

Dr. Ralph Chesson, board-certified OB-GYN, urogynecologist and reconstructive surgeon, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic conditions like stress and urge continence, uterine prolapse and other pelvic problems resulting from childbirth.

Call (337) 989-7350 today to schedule your appointment.

While some cases do require surgery, incontinence can more often be treated with medication and physical therapy. If you think you may benefit from physical therapy to help manage urinary leakage, ask your physician to refer you to our two women’s physical therapists who specialize in this type of treatment.

There are several different treatment approaches available, including:

  • Exercises designed to strengthen or retrain the pelvic floor and sphincter muscles to reduce stress leakage.
  • Electric stimulation to provide an external source of muscle facilitation and give the weak muscles an extra boost as you work on strengthening exercises.
  • Biofeedback, which records pelvic floor muscle activity and displays it on a monitor to provide feedback and improve the quality of your exercise efforts.
  • Bladder retraining designed to alter the bladder’s schedule for storing and emptying urine.

Learn more by calling the Women’s Physical Therapy Department at (337) 521-9408 or schedule your appointment with Dr. Ralph Chesson, urogynecologist and reconstructive surgeon with the Women’s MultiSpecialty Group, by calling (337) 989-7350.