Millions of women experience involuntary loss of urine, which is called urinary incontinence. Women experience this issue twice as often as men.
While some woman may lose just a few drops of urine while coughing or laughing, some may feel a strong urge to urinate just before losing a large amount of urine. For many women, the risk of public embarrassment keeps them from enjoying fun activities with their family and friends.
At UAMS, we can help you no matter how serious your condition may be. Treatment will depend on your specific condition and the type of incontinence you have.
There are three types of incontinence:
- Stress incontinence is any motion that stresses or puts too much pressure on the bladder. This can result from pregnancy and childbirth when pelvic muscles and tissues can get stretched and damaged.
- Urge incontinence is the urgent need to go, followed by an involuntary loss of urine. This is due to spasms of the bladder muscles.
- Overflow incontinence is when you can’t empty your bladder every time you go to the bathroom and may have leakage once the bladder is full. Weak bladder muscles, tumors and urinary stones can be causes for this type. This type is rarer in women.
You should seek treatment for incontinence when it becomes bothersome to you and affects your daily life. Our specialists can help develop an individualized treatment program for your specific condition. Treatment options can vary from pelvic floor exercises to devices or surgery.
Please contact our Urogynecology Clinic to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.