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Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the accidental loss of urine. More than 15 million American men and women suffer from this disease. Many of these people suffer in silence unnecessarily and are prevented from doing activities and living the life they want to lead. Since incontinence can be managed or treated, the following information should help you discuss this condition and what treatments are available to you with your urologist.

For millions of Americans, incontinence is not just a medical problem. It is a problem that also affects emotional, psychological and social well-being. Many people are afraid to participate in normal daily activities that might take them too far from a toilet, so it is particularly important to note that the great majority of incontinence causes can be treated successfully.

Urinary incontinence risk factors

There are multiple factors that may affect your risk of having urinary inconsistence issues including:

  • Gender.
  • Age.
  • Obesity.
  • Other diseases.

Urinary incontinence symptoms

There are multiple symptoms that may indicate you have urinary incontinence, including:

  • Certain infections such as UTIs.
  • Leaking while active.
  • Sudden urge to urinate.
  • Mixed inconsistence of leaking and urges.
  • Overflow inconsistence.

How is urinary incontinence diagnosed?

It is important for you to determine the type of incontinence you have because it will determine the treatment options you have.  Doctors may be able to diagnose you through steps including:

  • A physical exam.
  • Questions about medical history.
  • Urinalysis.
  • Bladder diary.
  • Post-void residual measure.

How is urinary incontinence treated?

There are different treatment options depending on the type of incontinence you have. Options for treatment of urinary leakage include dietary changes, pelvic muscle strengthening and biofeedback to train the bladder, medications and surgical procedures. It is important to talk with your doctor to decide which form of treatment is right for you.

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