Women's Health Specialist of North Atlanta
OB-GYNs located in Johns Creek, GA
Often an embarrassing experience, incontinence is a common bodily issue that is especially prevalent among women. At Women’s Health Specialists of North Atlanta, Dr. Ann Cha provides a safe space for women to confront these involuntary issues and seek treatment. She assigns treatment based on each patient and their level of severity, which can range from discharge during exercise to total lack of voluntary control. At her practice in Suwanee, Georgia, Dr. Cha is always happy to welcome new patients and old friends.
Incontinence Q & A
What is urinary incontinence?
Incontinence is defined by a lack of voluntary control over urination. Particularly prevalent among women, this lack of bladder control ranges in severity and can negatively affect your daily life. Simple lifestyle changes or exercises are sometimes enough to combat urinary incontinence, but often medical treatment is needed. For older women, urinary incontinence is often due to the natural deterioration of tissues in the bladder and urethra, vagina, and pelvic floor.
What causes urinary incontinence?
Urinary continence is categorized as either temporary or persistent.
Temporary urinary incontinence is often induced by certain drinks, food, or medications that can act as diuretics that stimulate your bladder and increase your volume of urine. Temporary incontinence can also be caused by a urinary tract infection or constipation, both easily treatable.
Causes of persistent urinary incontinence may include:
- Changes with age
- Neurological disorders
As you get older, your bladder weakens, which can cause urinary incontinence and increase frequency of urination. These symptoms often accompany menopause; when your estrogen levels drop, the tissues in your bladder and urethra deteriorate. For older women, incontinence can often mean both stress incontinence—leakage that occurs when you suddenly cough, sneeze, or laugh—or urge incontinence, when the need to urinate comes on so quickly that you can’t make it to the restroom.
What medical treatments exist for urinary incontinence?
Treatments for urinary incontinence can include:
- Lifestyle changes
Oftentimes, you’ll be prescribed medications to stop the spasming in your bladder. However, a visit to Dr. Cha’s office can help you understand the cause of your urinary incontinence or urgency and what treatment will work best for you.
One of the most effective and safe treatments for persistent urinary incontinence is a relatively new, non-surgical laser treatment called MonaLisa Touch®. Approved by the FDA for gynecological use in 2014, this treatment rejuvenates your vaginal tissue and can alleviate urinary issues, as well as many other symptoms of menopause.
Make an appointment today to see if MonaLisa Touch is a good solution for you.
This is a just a list of some of the insurances accepted at Women's Health Specialist of North Atlanta. Please call our office to confirm that we accept your plan.
Words from our patients
"Very comforting, friendly, and caring place. The service is absolutely top notch. Dr. Cha is very personable, friendly and highly competent. Highly recommend!"
"Dr. Cha is a wonderful, caring and fun person. Had hysterectomy with her and everything went very well. Her office is clean and neat, the staffs are sweet and great."
"I went to Dr. Cha's office to have the Mona Lisa procedure. Dr. Cha and her entire staff are amazing! The staff was extremely professional... Highly recommend!"
"Dr. Ann Cha made me feel very comfortable and so relaxed. I will definitely be coming in for any future procedures."
"I am so glad that I found Dr. Cha's office. She and all of her staff were very professional and caring. They really take the time to get to know their patients."
"I recently completed the 3-step Mona Lisa procedure. I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the team and what an amazing experience it was...."
"Her staff has always been awesome... I would recommend Dr. Cha's office to anyone looking for a reliable OB/Gyn you can trust."