An estimated 15-20 million Americans have problems with bladder control. For some, it interferes with normal activities. Because it's twice as prevalent in women as in men (often those 60 years old and older), treatments for incontinence are an important service for ECU Women's Physicians.
We offer the area's most advanced care for women's urinary tract issues, with urodynamics lab to evaluate women's urinary and fecal incontinence problems.
Women's incontinence can be caused by changes in the body related to pregnancy, to mediations, or to diseases. Though it is not generally life-threatening, incontinence can be inconvenient, uncomfortable and embarrassing.
We use ultrasound and other technology to find the cause of incontinence and determine the best treatments. Stress incontinence means losing urine when coughing, sneezing or laughing. Urge incontinence means being unable to stop urine loss or flow. We will look for the cause and decide on a treatment.
We also diagnose and treat uterovaginal prolapse, in which the uterus and cervix drop into the vagina as a result of childbirth and causing incontinence.
Non-surgical approaches such as exercises can strengthen the pelvic floor (the muscles holding the uterus in place). We also make available other non-surgical options such as biofeedback, electrical stimulation and collagen injections. Surgical treatments include the transvaginal tape, which holds the uterus, cervix and pelvic floor in place. Other procedures may be recommended after a consultation with our specialist.