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It’s just an occasional leak—should I seek incontinence treatment?

Think about this for a second: incontinence affects 51% of seniors in America. If you’re living with it, you are definitely not alone. Yet so many people put off getting treatment for incontinence because they’re embarrassed. They tell themselves it’s no big deal—that urinary incontinence is a natural part of getting older.rnrn rnrnNow think about it this way for a minute: incontinence isn’t a medical condition in and of itself. Instead, it’s a clear signal that something in your body isn’t working—and it’s time to start paying attention. Your bladder issues could be the symptom of a more serious issue, like a kidney infection or an enlarged prostate gland. Or they could be caused by something as simple as a medication you’re taking, or something you’re eating. But until you talk to your doctor, you won’t know for sure…nor will you know the best incontinence treatment for you.rnrn rnrnThe first step: Your primary care physician. Once you’ve made the decision to seek treatment for incontinence, start by making an appointment with your primary care physician. You’ll discuss your symptoms, then work together to rule out any infections or medications that may be contributing to the problem.rnrn rnrnThen, depending on the root cause of your bladder issues and their level of severity, you’ll either talk about incontinence treatments or get a referral to a specialist. You may also seek the advice of a specialist if you don’t agree with your doctor’s suggestions. Below are a few types of specialists who are qualified to administer various treatments for incontinence:rnrn rnrnGynecologists specialize in female reproductive health.rnrnUrologists are experts in the male and female reproductive systems.rnrnUrogynecologists specialize in treating pelvic floor disorders, including incontinence.rnGeriatricians specialize in treating elderly adults, who have a higher risk of infection.rnrnPhysical therapists can help with pelvic strengthening exercises and bladder training.rnrnGastroenterologists treat disorders of the digestive tract, including bowel incontinence.rnrnNeurologists can help treat cases in which Alzheimer’s or multiple sclerosis is the root cause.

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