Women's Health TopicsApr 10, 2014
You’ve delivered your baby, now let’s talk about urinary incontinence
Urine leakage days after a vaginal delivery is quite common. It can continue for days, weeks or even months. Urine leakage, also called urinary incontinence, often improves on its own. When it doesn’t, there are many options provided by urogynecologists available to correct the irregularity.
A common remedy for urinary incontinence is to perform regular exercises, known as Kegel exercises. These exercises help strengthen the pelvic floor which supports the uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum.
Kegel exercises include prolonged and repeated contraction and relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles (think of how you’d stop your urine flow in mid-stream; that’s the muscle contraction you need for the Kegel exercise).
Some women require corrective urogynecological surgery. One surgical approach includes the use of a pelvic sling. The pelvic sling, created using strips of the body’s tissue or a synthetic mesh, is positioned under the urethra to create a sort of “hammock” that provides support and prevents the urethra from opening suddenly when a patient sneezes, laughs or coughs.
There is no need to endure urinary incontinence after delivering your baby. Talk to a Bellin Health gynecologist or urogynecologists in Green Bay to find out what treatment options will work best for you.
– Dr. Sara Swift
Dr. Sara Swift, MD, is a female doctor specializing in OB/GYN, Obstetrics, Robotic Surgery Gynecological, Infertility, and Gynecology.