Female Urinary Incontinence

Female Urinary Incontinence - Columbus gynecologistUrinary incontinence affects about 25 million Americans — more women than men. It happens when you lose urine by accident. There are several different types of urinary incontinence.

Stress Incontinence.  Stress incontinence may happen when there is an increase in abdominal pressure — such as when you exercise, laugh, sneeze, or cough. Urine leaks due to weakened pelvic floor muscles and tissues.

Urge Incontinence.  Urge incontinence is often referred to as overactive bladder: You have an urgent need to go to the bathroom and may not get there in time, leaking urine.

Overflow Incontinence.  You may have overflow incontinence if you are not able to empty your bladder appropriately. As a result, you may have leakage once the bladder is already full. This is more common in men with symptoms of frequent dribbling of urine.

Functional Incontinence.  With functional incontinence, physical problems such as arthritis, or cognitive problems such as dementia prevent you from getting to the bathroom in time.

Treatment for Urinary Incontinence

To improve or eliminate urinary incontinence, you can make lifestyle changes and get treatment depending on which type you have.

Some treatment options include:

  • Pelvic floor exercises;
  • Biofeedback;
  • Devices;
  • Injections and surgery;
  • Timed voiding and bladder training;
  • Medications, electrical stimulation, or surgery.

All types of urinary incontinence can be embarrassing to talk about, but overcoming your reluctance is worth it. Treatment can reduce or eliminate the problem.

If you’re suffering from urinary incontinence and want to speak with someone in private, call Central Obstetrics and Gynecology GA today at (706) 507-6306 to schedule an appointment to discuss your options or to speak with a member of our experienced and caring staff.

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