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Is it Possible to Have Urinary Incontinence and Not Know it?

By: Dr. Elizabeth Graul


Urinary incontinence is a common issue that impacts millions of women each year — yet many are unaware of the symptoms. The good news is that with the right diagnosis and treatment plan from a trained professional, you can manage an overactive bladder and live a more comfortable life. Dr. Elizabeth Graul may recommend solutions like medication, physical therapy, BOTOX®, or sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) at Phase II Center for Women's Health.

Anyone who is unsure about their symptoms can call our team members in Millcreek, UT for a urinary health assessment. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive, personalized care for each patient.

What causes urinary incontinence?

Many factors contribute to urinary incontinence, including age, hormone changes that occur during menopause and pregnancy, and childbirth. Medical conditions like urinary tract infections and pelvic floor dysfunction also cause urine leakage and bladder control issues. It's important to see a trusted OB/GYN if you believe you are at risk for urinary incontinence.

Do I have urinary incontinence?

It's possible to have an overactive bladder without realizing there is a problem at first. This is because some symptoms are subtle and may not always present as noticeable issues. Common signs of urinary incontinence include:

  • Frequent bathroom trips: Many women find themselves waking up several times during the night or needing to go multiple times in a short period.
  • Urine leakage when coughing, sneezing, or exercising: Urine may leak out unexpectedly when your pelvic muscles contract.
  • Strong urge to urinate: You may feel the need to go suddenly — even if there is not much urine in your bladder.
  • Inability to reach the restroom in time: You may find yourself rushing to the bathroom yet arriving too late.

How do you diagnose an overactive bladder?

We understand that discussing bladder control issues, even with a medical specialist, can be difficult. Phase II Center for Women's Health is here to provide a comfortable and supportive environment for our patients in Millcreek, UT. Dr. Graul begins by reviewing your medical history and symptoms before ordering the appropriate diagnostic tests. Be sure to inform us of any medications or health issues that could be contributing to your condition.

What is treatment like for urinary incontinence?

We believe in empowering patients to take control of their feminine health through conservative measures first. This includes a combination of medications and physical therapy to help strengthen your pelvic floor. Dr. Graul can also suggest lifestyle modifications for better bladder control. If these treatments are not enough, then BOTOX or sacral nerve stimulation may be the best way to move forward.

BOTOX involves injecting a neurotoxin into the pelvic floor muscles, which helps them relax. SNS is an implantable device that improves communication between the bladder and the brain. Whether you are dealing with occasional urine leakage or chronic incontinence, we can help you find the right solution.

Improve your urinary health

Some women are unsure if they have urinary incontinence — and that is understandable. To learn more about managing an overactive bladder, please call Phase II Center for Women's Health in Millcreek, UT today. Dr. Elizabeth Graul can help you take the next step to improve your bladder health. Rest assured that you are in great hands with our staff.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.