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Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence

Are you always rushing to the ladies room? Do you worry that you might embarrass yourself if you sneeze or laugh in public? Are you nervous about exercising?

Your problem has a name: it's called Urinary Incontinence (UI).

Millions of women, including new mothers and older women, suffer from bladder control problems. Many are too embarrassed to talk about urinary incontinence- even with their doctors- and never get the help they need.

But, help is available.

Urinary incontinence is not only surprisingly common... it's also very treatable.

What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is the loss of urine control, or the inability to hold your urine until you can reach a restroom. According to the National Association for Continence, approximately 25 million adult Americans experience temporary or chronic urinary incontinence.

UI can strike at any age. However, women over the age of 50 are the most likely to develop the condition.

Urinary incontinence may be temporary, resulting from an underlying medical condition. It can range from the discomfort of slight losses of urine to severe, frequent wetting. Urinary incontinence may cause embarrassment as well as interfere with activities and your quality of life.

What causes urinary incontinence?

Common causes of urinary incontinence may include:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Pregnancy and delivery
  • Constipation
  • Medications
  • Foods and drinks containing alcohol and caffeine
  • Weakness in the muscles and ligaments that hold the bladder in proper position
  • Weakness in the urethra
  • Overactive bladder
  • Medical and endocrine conditions

What are the symptoms?

The following are the most common symptoms of urinary incontinence. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • Leakage of urine with coughing, sneezing, straining and activities
  • An increased frequency of urination without a proven bladder infection
  • An increased urge or strong sensation to urinate
  • Needing to rush to the restroom and/or losing urine if you do not get to restroom in time
  • Leakage of urine that began or continued after surgery
  • Frequent bladder infections
  • Inability to urinate
  • Pain with either bladder filling or emptying
  • A feeling of a slow urinary stream with or without a feeling of incomplete bladder emptying

How is urinary incontinence diagnosed?

If you suffer from the symptoms of UI, is important that you consult with a health care provider for a complete physical examination that focuses on the urinary and nervous systems, reproductive organs, and urine samples.

At Allegheny Health Network, we can offer you a wide range of treatment options for urinary incontinence. Most women can expect over 90% relief from their symptoms with today’s treatments.

Get back in control of your body and regain the confidence you deserve.