Obstetrics
Women's Health Care of New England
Christine E. Waldron, D.O.

Christine E. Waldron, D.O.

Dr. Waldron earned her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1997 and her medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2001. Dr. Waldron completed her obstetrics and gynecology internship, as well as residency training, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in 2005, where she also served as chief resident. Dr. Waldron is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and is a member of the American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Waldron who joined Women's Health Care of New England in 2005, is fluent in Spanish and enjoys camping and hiking in her free time with her three kids.

June 16, 2014, 12:00 am

Urinary Incontinence

Overview-Urinary incontinence, also known leakage of urine, is an embarrassing problem that affects millions of women. It occurs in women of all ages. There is no need to live with urinary leakage because effective treatments are available.

Types-There are several different types of incontinence. The two most common in women are stress incontinence and urge incontinence. Stress urinary incontinence is the loss of urine when a women coughs, sneezes, laughs or exercises. It is caused by a weakening of the tissues that support the bladder or the muscles of the urethra. Urge incontinence is the leakage of urine caused by overactive bladder muscles that contract too often or problems with the nerves that send signals to the bladder. People with a combination of both stress and urge incontinence are said to have mixed incontinence. In addition to leaking, some women may experience urinary urgency, frequency, pain or increased voiding during hours of sleep.

Causes-Incontinence may be caused by a variety of different factors such as urinary tract infections; medications; bladder growths; fistula formation; pelvic support problems or neuromuscular problems.

Diagnosis- Incontinence can be diagnosed by several methods. You may start by discussing your symptoms with your provider and undergo a pelvic exam in the office. Your physician may ask you to keep a voiding diary for a few days and to return for urodynamic testing. Urodynamic testing is an office procedure in which the bladder is filled through a catheter to see how much urine your bladder can hold and what makes you leak.

Treatment-There are many options for treatment such as lifestyle changes, bladder training, physical therapy, a vaginal pessary, medications and surgery. Some of the lifestyles changes that may help include weight loss, avoiding constipation, limiting caffeine and alcohol and smoking cessation. Bladder training can help you learn to go to the bathroom less frequently by retraining you bladder to hold more urine. The goal is to increase the time between voiding to a normal interval, every 3-4 hours. Kegel exercises tone your pelvic muscles. They can be done at home or with a physical therapist using a technique called biofeedback. A pessary is a silicone devise that can be placed in the vagina to help pelvic support. Your provider and fit you for the appropriate size and shape. There are several medications that help control unwanted bladder contractions associated with urge incontinence. Your provider can help you decide which medication would work best for you. Surgical options are also available and offer the highest cure rate for stress incontinence. Often treatments are most effective when used in combination.

Summary- Although leaking urine can be difficult to talk about, it is not normal at any age and is often treatable with simple measures. Talking about it with your healthcare provider is the first step in getting help for this problem that is affecting your lifestyle.

February 6, 2014, 3:53 pm

Female Sterilization

February 6, 2014, 3:53 pm

Urinary Incontinence

February 5, 2014, 10:13 pm

Cervical Cancer

Dr. Christine Waldron discusses cervical cancer treatment options.

Women's Health Care of New England

Women's Healthcare of New England

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Women’s Health Care of New England has provided women of Fairfield County quality, state of the art, compassionate care since 1990. We are part of a broader network of OB/GYN physicians that comprise Women’s Health Connecticut, offering additional guidance and resources.

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