Kevin J. Conaway, MD, FACOG

Treatment for bladder control is available for women.

Urinary incontinence is the inability to hold your urine until you get to a toilet. More than 13 million people in the United States--male and female, young and old--experience incontinence. It is often temporary, and it almost always results from an underlying medical condition. Women experience incontinence two times more often than men. Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and the structure of the female urinary tract account for this difference. Both women and men can become incontinent from strokes, multiple sclerosis and physical problems associated with old age. Now women who suffer from incontinence can seek help at the University Continence Center, which is a joint project between Cabell Huntington Hospital and Marshall University's School of Medicine The Center is located on the fourth floor of the Marshall Medical Center in the OB/GYN Department of the School of Medicine.

The University Continence Center is a place where women can come for physical evaluation, testing and treatment for this problem, according to Kevin Conaway, M.D. Treatment options include exercises, electrical stimulation, biofeedback, bladder training, medication and a variety of surgical procedures. Older women experience incontinence more often than younger women, but incontinence is not inevitable with age. Incontinence is treatable and often curable at all ages. Although it may be embarrassing at first, seeing a doctor about the problem can be life-changing.

Points to remember...

  • Urinary incontinence is common in women.
  • All types of urinary incontinence can be treated.
  • Incontinence can be treated at all ages.
  • You need not be embarrassed by incontinence.

Call (304) 691-1400 and ask for an appointment for the Continence Center.

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Kevin J. Conaway, MD, FACOG