Approximately 25 million American adults experience loss of bladder control, but they often don’t have to. According to the National Association For Continence, 80 percent of those affected by urinary incontinence can be treated. Women are twice as likely as men to experience incontinence; approximately 30 percent of people over the age of 60 have this potentially embarrassing problem.

Incontinence is a symptom, not a disease. On a temporary basis, it can be caused by vaginal infections, constipation or certain medications. Persistent urinary incontinence may be caused by weakness of the bladder or the muscles supporting it, overactive bladder muscles or urinary tract blockage.

Once the cause of urinary incontinence has been identified, treatment options usually fall into three main categories.

Behavioral techniques require making certain lifestyle changes, such as setting up a schedule to go to the bathroom every two to four hours or retraining the bladder to gradually extend the time between bathroom trips. Pelvic floor muscle exercises, also called Kegel exercises, are recommended to strengthen the muscles below the bladder that control urination.

Medications can be prescribed to treat an overactive bladder, or urge incontinence. These drugs block nerve impulses to the bladder, decreasing the urgency and frequency of urination. Men with an enlarged prostate resulting in urinary incontinence may benefit from other drugs called alpha-blockers that relax the prostate and bladder neck, improving urine flow.

Medical devices or surgery also are available to treat incontinence. Women can use a urethral insert (a small tampon-like disposable device) or pessary (a vaginal insert) to help manage stress incontinence. More than 200 variations of surgical procedures can be performed to treat causes of urinary incontinence.

To learn more about this condition, take the free, online urinary incontinence quiz on the Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake website at

Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake
214 324-6100


Having your annual screening mammogram doesn’t have to rank up there with going to the dentist to get a tooth pulled, or seeing your eye doctor to have your eyes dilated. Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is a Certified Softer Mammogram Provider that uses the MammoPad®, a soft foam cushion that decreases overall discomfort and is designed to provide a softer, more comfortable mammogram. Clinical studies have shown that the MammoPad reduced breast pain by nearly 50 percent compared to what it would have been without a pad or pain medication1.

The MammoPad is a radiolucent breast cushion that is placed on the surface of the image detector. This soft, foam pad does not compromise the high level of image quality necessary for a routine mammogram or require higher radiation doses during the mammogram. The cushion’s grip-like surface can help hold breast tissue in place to ensure optimal breast positioning resulting in a better image.

Mammograms are an important tool in the fight against breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among American women, except for skin cancer2. Approximately one woman in eight has a chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time during her life2.

At Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, women over the age of 40 can schedule their own screening mammogram without a referral from their primary care physician. This type of mammogram does not take much time and only needs to be done once a year for women over 40, as recommended by the ACS, and every two years for women aged 50 to 74, as suggested by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Call 214-324-6220 to schedule your mammogram today. Convenient evening and weekend hours are available for appointments.

MammoPad is a registered trademark of Hologic, Inc.

The USPSTF recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 50 to 74 years


Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake
9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218
214 324-6100