Urinary Incontinence

Types of Urinary Incontinence

Urinary problems, including stress incontinence, overactive bladder, leaky bladder and urinary tract infections are very common especially as a woman ages.

Types of urinary incontinence include:

Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence, also referred to as leaky bladder, is an involuntary emission of urine and is caused by weak pelvic floor muscles. The symptoms for stress incontinence include leakage with coughing, sneezing, laughing and exercising.

Overactive Bladder

These conditions can be caused by bladder muscles that are overactive or irritated. The main symptom of this condition is having a frequent or sudden urge to urinate with occasional leakage.

Urinary Incontinence Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosing stress incontinence or an overactive bladder involves reviewing a patient’s medical history completing a physical exam, urine analysis, and developing a bladder diary. The diagnosis may also include a urodynamic test (i.e. bladder test)

Treatment for urinary incontinence may include:

  • Pelvic floor therapy
  • Surgical intervention
  • Prescription therapy

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