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Even with your doctor, it’s not the easiest condition to discuss - urinary incontinence. 

Incontinence is a difficult condition to talk about and there’s often a social stigma associated with it, says Benjamin Dillon, M.D., a board-certified Kelsey-Seybold Clinic urologist who specializes in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and female incontinence.

"No one wants to admit they can’t control a bodily function,” Dr. Dillon says. “I understand it’s a personal subject, but my specialty training has allowed me to offer my patients a wide range of treatment options for women, regardless of age.”

Incontinence comes in three forms: stress incontinence, urge incontinence and mixed incontinence (a combination of stress and urge). The degree of incontinence may vary from a few drops to daily leakage of large volumes of urine.

Urinary incontinence can occur in men and women. In women, some of the causes of incontinence include age, past pregnancy, weight, genetics, level of physical activity and hormonal status.

“What often drives patients to see me about incontinence is when their quality of life or lifestyle has been altered resulting in problems with hygiene or social situations,” says Dr. Dillon.

There are several methods for treating incontinence:

  • Nonsurgical with behavioral management for stress or urge incontinence.
  • The use of pharmacologic agents for urge incontinence.
  • Neuromodulation (nerve stimulation) for the treatment of urge incontinence.
  • In-office procedures for stress incontinence.
  • Surgical treatments for stress incontinence.

“The majority of incontinence is treatable. Even with many difficult cases, we can help improve your quality of life,” says Dr. Dillon.​​