Healthy Living: Female Urinary Incontinence

Healthy Living: Female Urinary Incontinence

Millions of women in America face the difficulties associated with urinary incontinence. The severity ranges from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze to having strong, sudden urges to urinate. While talking about this issue can be embarrassing, you don’t have to be nervous about getting help. IRMC Physician Group’s board-certified urologists have extensive experience helping women with this common medical condition.

To care for your symptoms, one of our urologists will identify the type of incontinence you have. It can be one or more of the following types:

  • Temporary incontinence. This condition stems from a particular illness, such as a UTI, that causes frequent and uncontrollable urination. As the name suggests, this type of urinary incontinence is not permanent. Problems associated with this condition will go away when the cause is found and corrected.
  • Stress incontinence. Do you leak urine when you cough, laugh, sneeze, or exercise? If so, you most likely have stress incontinence. This is not caused by mental stress, but physical stress associated with weak pelvis and sphincter muscles. The lack of strength in these muscles allow urine to escape during activity.
  • Urge incontinence. This condition is often caused by nerve damage from diabetes, a stroke, or an infection. It causes you to leak urine after experiencing a strong and sudden urge to urinate.
  • Mixed incontinence. This is a mix of stress and urge incontinence. You will experience symptoms from both conditions at different times.
  • Functional incontinence. When your inability to urinate is associated with physical problems getting to the bathroom, you have functional incontinence.
  • Overactive bladder. If you urinate more than eight times a day, you could have this condition. This is associated with the sudden, strong urge to urinate and inconveniences many women – especially during sleeping hours.

These subsets of urinary incontinence can stem from a variety of causes. Some of the most popular are weak muscles, nerve damage, medicines, alcohol, caffeine, infections, and excess weight.

To treat urinary incontinence, our urologists utilize a variety of methods. This includes pelvic muscle strengthening, changing habits, medicines, pessaries, nerve stimulation, catheterization, and surgery.

Don’t let urinary incontinence affect your daily activities. Click the links below to schedule an appointment or learn more about IPG urologists Dr. Joseph Conti, Dr. Leonard Maliver, and Dr. Karam Pathan. We accept most insurances and are always accepting new patients.

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