Frequency & Urgency Specialist

The Woman’s Center

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery located in Mesa, AZ and serving the greater Phoenix, AZ area.

An overactive bladder interrupts you on a regular basis. Frequency and urgency force you out of meetings, dinners with friends, movies, and other activities in search of a bathroom. They make travel more challenging and probably have you avoiding certain situations, but you don’t have to live this way. At their Mesa, Arizona, office outside Phoenix, Ryan Stratford, MD, MBA, FACOG, and Kelly Kantartzis, MD, MS, FACOG, at The Woman’s Center offer a range of treatments for frequency and urgency. Call them or schedule your appointment online to get started.

Frequency & Urgency

Is my frequency and urgency normal?

It’s normal to have to urinate more frequently and to feel more urgency after you’ve been consuming a lot of liquids. If you’ve noticed that you seem to have to go more often than most people around you, you could be dealing with abnormal frequency and urgency. 

To help you identify an issue, The Woman’s Center recommends keeping a bladder diary. With this tool, you monitor key indicators for 24 hours. Specifically, you track:

  • How many times you use the restroom to urinate
  • The amount you urinate each time
  • Any involuntarily leakage
  • The amount and type of fluids you consume

Reviewing this bladder diary with the experts at The Woman’s Center gives both you and their team the opportunity to review your bladder performance. From there, they can diagnose abnormal frequency and urgency and start treatment to give you relief.

 

Can abnormal frequency and urgency be treated?

Absolutely. One of the most effective ways to treat the frequent, urgent need to urinate is seemingly simple. With bladder retraining, The Woman’s Center helps you reestablish control over your brain’s connection to your bladder. 

Bladder retraining teaches you to monitor your fluid intake, plan your times for using the restroom, and fully empty your bladder each time. It also equips you with tools for managing sensations of urgency when you know your body doesn’t truly need to use the restroom. 

The experienced, supportive team of urogynecologists at The Woman’s Center works closely with you during bladder retraining. 

 

If bladder retraining doesn’t work for me, are there other treatment options?

Yes. If retraining your bladder with lifestyle changes is ineffective, The Woman’s Center offers other treatment options. 

Sacral neuromodulation (Interstim)

Frequency and urgency are controlled by your brain’s communication with your bladder. During sacral neuromodulation, The Woman’s Center surgically places an interstim neuromodulation device near the nerves of your sacrum, which controls your bladder function. 

Then, those nerves are stimulated with mild electrical pulses, normalizing communication between the bladder and the brain. 

Botox

Botox® isn’t just for smoothing out wrinkles. When injected into your bladder, it relaxes the bladder wall and relieves feelings of urgency. Botox treatments usually last 6-10 months. 

Call The Woman’s Center or book your appointment online to get started with treatment. 

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