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Treatment Options Available fo​r Bladder Control Problems

I’m in my late 30s and having problems with urinary​ incontinence. What causes this condition and what should I do?


Dr. Colen says a woman’s urinary incontinence can be caused by some of the same factors that affect men, including an overactive bladder or from weakened muscle fibers, ligaments and tissues surrounding the pelvic diaphragm.

“A woman’s weakened pelvic diaphragm is frequently caused by pregnancy and childbirth,” he says. “This can cause urinary incontinence during pregnancy and again later in life as muscles weaken through the natural aging process.”

He says that along with aging, diabetes, obesity, chronic coughing and certain medications can also be contributing factors.

“Nearly all women with bladder control issues can be helped,” he says. ““Nearly all women with bladder control issues can be helped,” he says. ““Nearly all women with bladder control issues can be helped,” he says. “Treatments may vary from practicing special exercises to taking medications to having surgery.”

Overly frequent urinary incontinence should not be ignored. Reduced bladder control may:

  • Indicate an underlying medical condition, such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis.
  • Restrict your physical activities.
  • Lead to withdrawal from social interactions.

“If incidents of urinary incontinence are affecting your quality of life, see a doctor to determine the cause and discuss treatment options,” concludes Dr. Colen, who cares for patients at Kelsey-Seybold’s Main Campus, Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center, and West Clinic locations.

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John Colen, MD

​I believe that my patients’ time is as important as mine. I make every effort to reduce patient wait time and provide thorough and detailed urologic care. I also place the utmost importance on being completely honest with each patient and truly listening to their concerns and needs.