Urinary Incontinence is a problem that can have a big impact on your life. It’s a problem that few people talk about, but one that an incredible number of women experience. What might surprise you is that urinary incontinence can affect women at any age and for a variety of reasons. As we age, we become much more likely to encounter leakage in our everyday lives.
Types of Urinary Incontinence
There are different types of Urinary Incontinence.
- Stress incontinence describes when a leak occurs due to some form of physical stress — a cough, sneeze, or hearty laugh.
- Urge incontinence involves a sudden strong urge to urinate, which can cause an accident very quickly.
- Overflow incontinence occurs when your bladder is unable to empty properly, which at some point will cause overflow leakage.
Treating Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence (UI) is a frustrating problem that will affect half of the female population at some point in their life. In most situations, these UI events are treatable and can return a person to normal urinary function. To confirm a diagnosis and determine the cause of Urinary Incontinence, we perform a thorough physical exam, including a pelvic exam. Your doctor will ask you a series of questions, and may request that you keep a journal to track accidents and the circumstances during which they occur.
Depending on the cause of your problem, a wide variety of treatment techniques can help. Some of the lower-impact solutions include exercise, diet, and weight management. These can be considered alone or along with physical therapy, medication, or surgery in select cases. Your specific treatment will be unique to you and your lifestyle.
Incontinence Specialist – Woodward & Associates
At Woodward & Associates, our ultimate goal is to improve your quality of life. You have many options for dealing with Urinary Incontinence, and as an incontinence specialist we’re here to help you decide the best approach for you. We understand that it can be hard to make the call, but once you’ve solved the problem, the way you feel will be worth it. Our doctors will help you find real answers.