Urologist Dr. Suzanne Frye has been practicing in Manhattan for nearly 30 years. With a keen interest and expertise in women’s urological health,she is also committed to promoting better overall health care for all women. Suzanne Frye, MD, supports organizations that support women, including Women for Women International.
Women for Women International is an organization that provides job training, financial aid, and educational resources to help transform women from victims to survivors to active citizens. The organization provides aid to women in war-torn countries such as Afghanistan, Kosovo, Nigeria, and South Sudan, to ensure that they have access to the knowledge and resources necessary to live productive lives and become active members of the community.
Each year, Women for Women International hosts events to help raise funds for the organization, including My Step, Her Stride and Run for Congo Women. The organization also encourages individuals to sponsor these women survivors of war, assisting them with basic necessities such as buying food, clothing, and medicine, or enabling children to receive an education.
“Stress incontinence” is the involuntary loss of urine that occurs when “stress” or pressure on the bladder is increased during physical movement of the body. It has nothing to do with psychological stress. Activities that can cause stress incontinence include coughing, sneezing, bending over, lifting things, jumping, dancing, running, exercising, or even just walking.
The underlying cause of stress incontinence is a weakness in the pelvic floor, the tissue in the pelvis that supports the bladder and urethra. Pregnancy and childbirth increase the chances of stress incontinence because they may stretch, weaken, or damage the pelvic floor. However, many women with stress incontinence have had no pregnancies. The pelvic floor can get weaker with advancing age, and some women just have a genetic predisposition for a weak pelvic floor. Stress incontinence is a very common condition.
Stress incontinence can interfere with a woman’s daily life and decisions about social activities. There are surgical procedures available to treat this condition, but in the vast majority of cases, surgery is not necessary. Often there are pelvic floor exercises that a women can do herself. There are also specialized physical therapists who can treat stress incontinence.
The term, Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), generally refers to a bladder infection.
Symptoms of a UTI are usually burning or pain with urination, as well as frequency, urgency, and sometimes blood in the urine.
A UTI is often treated with only 3 days of antibiotics or less.
Incontinence (urine leakage) is a symptom with various underlying causes.
For correct treatment, see a urologist who can determine the underlying cause of the incontinence.
Incontinence is not a normal part of aging, but age may predispose people to factors that may cause it.
Surgery is not the only treatment for incontinence- in fact, usually this is not indicated. Most often, medication, exercises, or seeing a physical therapist who treats pelvic floor dysfunction can relieve the sysmtoms.
National Association for Continence
www.nafc.org– This is another useful urological website for consumers containing information specifically on incontinence (urine leakage).
Urology Care Foundation
I would like to recommend this website, http://www.urologycarefoundation.org, created for patients by the American Urological Association, which contains much information about various urological symptoms, conditions, and treatments.