Fresno Fibroid Center
Non-Surgical Fibroid Treatment & Interventional Radiology located in Fresno, CA
Urinary incontinence is often inconvenient and embarrassing for those who experience it. It may be due to a uterine fibroid that’s enlarged your uterus and, as a result, puts extra pressure on your bladder. At Fresno Fibroid Center in Fresno, California, the doctors evaluate your urinary incontinence and, if a result of uterine fibroids, can help you find resolution with minimally invasive interventions. Call today if you’re suffering from mild, moderate, or severe urinary incontinence or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.
Urinary Incontinence Q & A
What are the symptoms of urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence can show up in several ways:
- Stress incontinence: leakage due to pressure on the bladder like with laughing or exercise
- Urge incontinence: the sudden, intense need to urinate
- Urinary frequency: having to go to the bathroom so often that it disrupts your day and night
Symptoms of urinary incontinence can seriously disrupt your life. You may avoid long travel, events, or meetings for fear of having to pause often and go to the restroom. Urinary incontinence can also lead to embarrassing accidents.
What causes urinary incontinence?
The causes of urinary incontinence are varied. You may experience bladder irritation due to something simple, like excessive caffeine intake. Curbing your coffee or soda habit can help you find relief. Weakened muscles due to childbirth and hormonal changes during menopause may also be the cause.
Uterine fibroids can also play a role in your urinary incontinence. Fibroids stretch and enlarge the uterus, sometimes so much so that it’s stretched as if you were four to five months pregnant. An enlarged uterus can press against your bladder, increasing urinary frequency and urgency.
How is urinary incontinence treated?
The doctors at Fresno Fibroid Center use ultrasound imaging and sometimes an MRI scan to confirm a fibroid diagnosis. These imaging tests can also give them a better idea of the size and location of your fibroids.
If urinary incontinence is due to fibroids, shrinking these benign tumors offers relief. At Fresno Fibroid Center, the doctors use a minimally invasive procedure known as uterine fibroid embolization to block the arteries that supply blood to the fibroids. The fibroids shrink as a result, and you find relief from urinary incontinence and other fibroid symptoms like pelvic pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, and lower abdominal distension.
While some medical providers suggest hysterectomy as a solution for fibroids, this surgery is invasive and can actually aggravate symptoms of urinary incontinence. Women 60 years old and older who have previously undergone hysterectomies are at a 60% higher risk of urinary incontinence as compared to women who have not had the surgery. Uterine fibroid embolization is a solution for uterine fibroids that resolves incontinence.
If you have urinary incontinence due to fibroids, consult the experts at Fresno Fibroid Center. Call today or book your appointment online.