Urinary incontinence, no matter what type is itself a symptom – the involuntary loss of urine. It can be associated with a number of underlying causes and understanding those causes allows your doctor to best treat your symptoms. It is also important to understand that there are varying degrees of severity of incontinence. For example, some women will lose urine under certain very specific conditions, while others may have many incontinence episodes in a day requiring the use of protective pads or garments. NO matter what the degree of incontinence is, if it is bothersome or concerning, you should seek medical attention.
Women with bothersome or concerning urinary incontinence should consult a health care provider for a complete history, physical examination that focuses on the urinary, gynecologic, and nervous systems. In addition, a simple urine test to check for infection or blood will likely be performed. An initial assessment by a trained health care professional will often be enough to direct treatment. However, in some cases, further testing may be necessary. At the Center for Women's Pelvic Health at UCLA, our doctors have a vast experience in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of urinary incontinence. Our doctors have been at the forefront of the newest medical, non-surgical and surgical treatments for urinary incontinence.