Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. A common problem, incontinence can range in severity from small amounts of urine leaking when you cough or sneeze to not being able to make it to the bathroom in time. There are several types of incontinence, including urge and stress incontinence, and some people have a combination.
With urge incontinence, urinary leaking begins at the first impulse to void; making it to the bathroom in time is difficult. Symptoms of urge incontinence can vary from moderate to severe.
Summit Urology offers a variety of treatments for urge incontinence including:
With stress incontinence, leakage is caused by some form of exertion or pressure like jogging, coughing, or sneezing. This form of incontinence is responsive to therapies including:
Urinary incontinence is not a disease; it’s a problem caused by lifestyle factors or physical issues. Factors or conditions that may temporarily cause bladder irritation and urinary incontinence include:
In women, physical conditions that may contribute to urinary incontinence include pregnancy and childbirth, having a hysterectomy, or being in menopause. Prostate conditions may contribute to incontinence in men.
Your risk of developing urinary incontinence also increases as you age or if you gain weight. Women, people with diabetes or neurological issues, and people with a family history of incontinence have a higher risk of developing the condition.
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