Incontinence Specialist

Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center

General Gynecology & Minimally Invasive Surgery & Allergy Testing & Immunotherapy Clinic located in Harlem, New York, NY

Urinary incontinence affects about twice as many women as men, but treatment is available. OB/GYN Ededet Udo, MD, FACOG, and the team at Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center help many women find relief from incontinence with nonsurgical VotivaⓇ treatments at their clinic located in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. If you struggle with urinary incontinence, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Incontinence Q & A

What is incontinence?

Incontinence is urine leakage or the loss of bladder control. This common and often embarrassing problem ranges in severity from leaking a small amount of urine to completely emptying your bladder before you can make it to the bathroom. 

What are the different types of incontinence?

There are various types of urinary incontinence. The most common types that affect women include:

Stress incontinence

Stress incontinence causes urine to leak when you put pressure on your bladder. Many activities can lead to stress incontinence, including sneezing, coughing, laughing, and exercising. 

Urge incontinence

Also called overactive bladder, this type of incontinence causes a sudden, strong urge to urinate followed by involuntary urine loss. Urge incontinence may cause you to get up throughout the night to urinate.

Mixed incontinence 

Many women have symptoms of both stress and urge incontinence at the same time. This is called mixed incontinence. 

What causes incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is a symptom of an underlying problem rather than a disease itself. A vast array of factors can lead to incontinence, from lifestyle habits, like drinking too much caffeine, to medical conditions like a urinary tract infection.

Women experience several physical changes that may cause urinary incontinence, including:

  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Menopause

Hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause may lead to incontinence, while childbirth may weaken or damage the nerves and muscles that control urine flow.

How is incontinence diagnosed?

First, your doctor at Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center determines the type of incontinence you have by asking you to describe your symptoms. They perform a physical exam and may perform tests, such as:

  • A urinalysis
  • An ultrasound imaging test
  • Urodynamic testing to measure pressure in your bladder

They may also ask you to keep a bladder diary for several days to keep track of how much you drink and when you urinate. 

How is incontinence treated?

After they diagnose your condition, the team at Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center develops a personalized treatment plan. Depending on the type and severity of your incontinence, treatment may include:

  • Medications
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Supportive devices, like a pessary
  • Votiva nonsurgical tissue revitalization
  • Minimally invasive surgery 

Votiva uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to painlessly revitalize the tissues inside and around your pelvic area. The warming RF energy stimulates collagen and elastin production, which strengthens and tones your pelvic area. 

To find relief from urinary incontinence, call Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center or book an appointment online today.