URINARY INCONTINENCE Overview
What is urinary incontinence? Urinary incontinence is defined as the involuntary loss of urine. Over 33 million Americans suffer from some type of urinary incontinence or bladder condition, a problem that often causes embarrassment for many. And while urinary incontinence is a very common problem, it should not be considered a “normal” one.
Many people do not realize that there are many different types of urinary incontinence or reasons that you may cause you to leak urine. Some of the more common urinary incontinence conditions are overactive bladder (OAB), urinary retention, mixed incontinence, and stress urinary incontinence. Read more about the different types of urinary incontinence and click through to learn about symptoms, causes and treatment options.
When you feel the need to go and go right NOW, you may be dealing with an Overactive Bladder. If you cannot control the urge and bladder leakage occurs, that is what makes it incontinence. The good news is, in many cases this is a treatable condition and not merely something you have to deal with because of age. Click to read more.
In mild cases, urinary retention makes it difficult to start urination and the flow is weak. Once finished you often feel the need to go again because the bladder isn’t fully emptied. In more acute cases, the lower belly becomes distended causing great discomfort and pain. Despite the urge to go, urination is not possible. Click to read more.
As the name suggests, Mixed Incontinence is a combination of stress incontinence, including muscle and sphincter related issues, and urgency incontinence like those mentioned above. Usually one symptom is more severe than the other and that directly affects what methods will be most effective in treatment. Click to read more.
STRESS URINARY INCONTINENCE
A problem that affects both men and women, Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) occurs because of weak pelvic floor muscles and/or a deficient urethral sphincter. This weakness can cause the bladder to leak during exercise, coughing, sneezing, laughing, or any body movement that puts pressure on the bladder. Stress urinary incontinence often shows up after childbirth and menopause in women while prostate cancer treatment, such as radical prostatectomy, can trigger it in men.
Importantly, stress urinary incontinence can affect men and women differently. To learn more, visit these links: