Overactive Bladder & Incontinence

Abbey Gaske, MD -  - Urologist

Abbey Gaske, MD

Urologist located in South Bay, Torrance, CA

You don’t have to be embarrassed by urinary problems like overactive bladder and incontinence. At her South Bay clinic in Torrance, California, Abbey Gaske, MD, is an experienced urologist offering personalized and discrete care for a variety of conditions, including incontinence. If you’re in the greater Los Angeles area, call Abbey Gaske, MD, or schedule an appointment online today to find solutions for your overactive bladder and incontinence symptoms.

Overactive Bladder & Incontinence Q & A

What is urinary incontinence?

Incontinence is a term that describes the involuntary loss of bladder control, or urinary leakage. This common condition varies in severity from total loss of bladder control to small amounts of urine leakage.

There are several kinds of incontinence, including:

  • Overactive bladder: the urgent and frequent need to urinate
  • Stress incontinence urinary leakage: caused by abdominal pressure, like sneezing, coughing, or jumping
  • Urge incontinence: urinary leakage at the first need to void; difficulty making it to the bathroom in time

It’s also possible to have more than one form of urinary incontinence at the same time.

What causes urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence isn’t a disease, but rather a sign of something else. These can be lifestyle factors or physical problems leading to bladder control issues.

Common causes of incontinence often include:

  • Aging
  • Family history of incontinence
  • Neurological issues
  • Urinary system obstructions like tumors or kidney stones

In some cases, urinary incontinence is due to temporary problems, like bladder infections and constipation. Certain medications, beverages, and foods can also lead to bladder irritation and involuntary leakage.

When men experience bladder control problems, it’s often associated with prostate conditions. Incontinence and overactive bladder are common urology issues that affect both men and women.

What is female urology?

For women, urology focuses on your urinary system, the health of your pelvic floor muscles, and the changes that may occur due to pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, or other factors unique to the female anatomy.

Along with increased instances of UTIs and problems with urinary incontinence, conditions related to female urology and pelvic health include:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Decreased interest in sex
  • Uterine, bladder, and vaginal wall prolapse

Dr. Gaske specializes in personalized and compassionate care for female urological conditions and strives to demystify this area of your body.

How is urinary incontinence treated?

Dr. Gaske develops incontinence or overactive bladder treatment based on the cause of your condition. In some cases, these include medications and biofeedback to help retrain the muscles of your bladder for more control. She might also recommend botox, surgery, or sacral nerve modulation (InterStim) to increase your bladder control.

In addition to medical treatments, Dr. Gaske might recommend lifestyle modifications, such as:

  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Weight management
  • A healthy diet high in fiber
  • Quitting smoking and avoiding bladder irritants

To find solutions for incontinence or an overactive bladder, call Abbey Gaske, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.