Did you know that over 13 million people in the United States alone, both men and women- predominantly women, deal with urinary incontinence everyday? For women it’s usually due to having a hysterectomy.
While there is a stigma attached to this condition, self inflicted for the most part, there’s only one way to overcome misconceptions about incontinence – learn more about it. Knowledge is power.
Types of Urinary Stress Incontinence
- Short Term Incontinence – is only temporary and it’s usually caused by medication or urinary tract infections. Symptoms usually subside once the infection is gone or you discontinue use of certain medications.
- Stress Incontinence – Stress incontinence is the most common form of bladder control problems in women. It is usually caused by weight gain, childbirth and/or other conditions that stretch your pelvic floor muscle. When these muscles no longer support the bladder properly, it drops down and presses against the vagina so you can’t tighten up the muscles that close off the urethra. This causes urine to leak because of the added pressure on the bladder when you sneeze, cough, exercise or laugh.
- Urge Stress Incontinence – or Overactive Bladder –This form happens when you suddenly feel a strong need to urinate but can’t make it the toilet in time (even with a small amount of urine). In some cases, you may find yourself accidentally leaking urine without warning. Other times leaking may be triggered by the sound of water or even by drinking liquid. Urge incontinence can be caused by emotional stress, irritation of the bladder, a stroke, or brain illnesses like Parkinson’s disease.
Gynecologist or Urologist?
For women, your first stop is often your gynecologist, many of whom have specialized training and knowledge to treat incontinence. If you gynecologist can’t answer your questions or solve your problem you may need to seek the services of a urologist. Top10MD has experienced and qualified urologist to choose from.
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