Overflow Incontinence Treatment

Overflow incontinence—also known as chronic urinary retention—happens when a person's bladder doesn't completely empty when using the bathroom. Loss of bladder control is a health problem that affects many women. There is no known cause for female urinary incontinence, but there are several risk factors, the most common of which include:

Overflow incontinence occurs when you are unable to completely empty your bladder, which leads to overflow that leaks out unexpectedly. You may or may not sense that your bladder is full. The leakage is not the only problem with overflow incontinence because urine left in the bladder can become a breeding ground for bacteria. This can lead to repeated urinary tract infections.

Cause of Overflow Incontinence

Women with overflow incontinence experience two opposite problems. On the one hand, the bladder does not empty sufficiently, which is most often due to weak bladder muscles or a non-relaxing urethra. On the other hand, they can experience leakage when the bladder becomes so full that urine forces its way out. Women with overflow incontinence typically experience a diminished sensation to void and have a slow or delayed urinary stream.

There are several possible causes for this type of incontinence, the most common of which include the following:

Diagnosis of Overflow Incontinence

If you have problems with overflow incontinence, it's important to speak with your doctor. He or she will perform a physical exam to look for signs of damage to the nerves that affect the bladder and rectum. Your doctor may also order a bladder stress test or urinalysis testing.

Your physician may recommend further urodynamic testing if he or she is considering surgery or if other treatments have failed. These specific tests provide a more advanced way to check bladder function. In general, these tests include the following:

Treatment of Overflow Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is not something that occurs normally with age. Most people who suffer from persistent overflow incontinence turn to their doctors for treatment. The best treatment depends on the cause of your incontinence, but treatment of overflow incontinence generally includes the following:

Request more information about overflow incontinence today. Call (408) 946-9453 or contact us online.

Author
Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG As an expert in preventive care, innovative treatment solutions, and laparoscopic surgery, board-certified OB/GYN Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG, is a trusted practitioner who’s been in private practice since 1985. Dr. Zikria earned his doctor of medicine from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. He went on to complete a competitive surgical residency program at Georgetown University in Washington. Dr. Zikria then went through a comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology residency program through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at the Magee-Women’s Hospital. He welcomes new and existing patients to his practice in Milpitas, California.

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