Urinary incontinence means unintentional release of urine. The amount of urine leaked can be very small or very significant, depending upon the type of urinary incontinence.
Urinary stress incontinence is by far the most common kind of urinary incontinence. This type of urinary incontinence happens when the body is under some type of brief stress or strain. Common triggers include:
With stress urinary incontinence, there's typically a fairly small amount of leakage.
Urinary stress incontinence may happen because of a weakening of pelvic muscles. This can occur during pregnancy and childbirth for women or as a result of prostate surgery for men. People who are obese, who smoke cigarettes, or who have chronic respiratory illnesses may be at an elevated risk for urinary stress incontinence.
Urinary urge incontinence is also known as overactive bladder. In this kind of urinary incontinence, a person feels a sudden overwhelming need to urinate, but they experienced incontinence because they couldn’t reach the bathroom in time. Urinary urge incontinence may be caused by bladder nerve damage, muscle damage, or conditions like multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.
In urinary overflow incontinence, a person isn't ever able to completely empty their bladder. This means that they may leak urine when they're not actively trying to urinate. There are a number of potential causes for urinary overflow incontinence, including:
The treatment for incontinence depends on the type of incontinence, the symptoms, and the individual patient. Urodynamic testing can help the urology team at Urology Associates of South Florida to determine the best treatment.
Pelvic floor exercises are often very helpful for people suffering from urinary incontinence. Lifestyle adjustments like weight loss and stopping smoking can also help resolve this condition.
Many patients who suffer from urinary urge incontinence get relief with Botox treatments, which can help stop the bladder spasms. There are also effective prescription medications that may help with urinary incontinence.
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