Dr. Sanz explains if losing urine during sex is considered urinary incontinence and if so, what a woman should do about it.
Yeah, it is considered urinary incontinence. There may be three reasons for that; number one, maybe the bladder was full, so always my advise would be to empty the bladder before having sex. Secondly, 20% of women have bacteria in the urine, not enough to produce an infection, but enough to give irritability to the bladder. So get a urine culture and make sure there is not a problem and be treated, and the third one is a contraction of the bladder. If that is a problem and we rule out the other two problems, we have medications that we can give to avoid that problem.
Dr. Luis Sanz leads Urogynecology & Pelvic Surgery at Virginia Hospital Center, focusing on pelvic floor disorders such as urinary incontinence and prolapse (bulging) of the vagina, bladder and/or uterus. In addition to Dr. Sanz's particular interest in the subspecialty of Urogynecology, he also sees patients for standard gynecological exams and treatment.
Dr. Sanz is a Professor, Scholar Track, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he also formerly served as Vice Chairman and Chief of the Division of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He was also Director of Georgetown's Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstruction Clinic.
A member of AOA (Medical Honor Society), Dr. Sanz's prior academic appointments and professional experience also include: Associate Professor in Pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital and Director, Colposcopy Clinic and Gynecologic Cancer Detection Center (D.C. General Hospital, Georgetown University Service). Among the professional organizations to which Dr. Sanz belongs are: American Association of Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Gynecological Urology Society, and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.