There are three general categories of urinary incontinence:
Sudden urination is related to extra pressure on the bladder. It may occur when you sneeze, laugh, or try to move heavy objects.
Urge incontinence is perhaps better known as overactive bladder. In urge incontinence, you’re often hit with the need to urinate immediately. This can mean that you experience leaks and accidents because you don't have enough advance warning that urination will occur.
Overflow incontinence is less common than the other two types. It occurs when the bladder doesn't fully empty during urination. This leaves residual urine that can overflow and start to leak without warning.
Women are more likely to suffer from urinary incontinence than men, especially once they reach age 35. Urinary incontinence is a fairly common issue during the menopausal years. Women who are overweight or who are currently pregnant are more likely to suffer from urinary incontinence because of the bladder pressure caused by additional weight.
Smoking or high consumption of caffeinated drinks, such as coffee and diet cola, may increase the risk for urinary incontinence.
The most important step to take is immediately arranging an evaluation with Dr. Benz. She can perform a thorough evaluation that takes your symptoms into account. No matter what type of urinary incontinence you may be experiencing, there are effective treatments available.
There are several different options for urinary incontinence treatment, both nonsurgical and surgical. The nonsurgical options can include lifestyle changes, oral medications, pelvic physical therapy, and treatment with the MonaLisa Touch® vaginal laser.
Surgical options include minimally-invasive procedures like the transvaginal tape procedure (TVT.) In a TVT procedure, a mesh support is placed under the urethra. It acts as a type of sling to help with proper positioning. This, in turn, can alleviate problems like urinary incontinence.
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