Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine.
HOW COMMON IS URINARY INCONTINENCE?
Urinary incontinence is extremely common, much more so than people often think. Because it can be an embarrassing problem, people often do not discuss it with family or friends, and therefore most women don't realize how common it actually is. Surveys estimate that anywhere between 40-60% of women are affected by incontinence. It is also estimated that only half of affected women ever seek treatment. If incontinence affects your quality of life, ask your doctor about treatment options.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF URINARY INCONTINENCE?
The answer is yes. There are two main categories of urinary incontinence, commonly referred to as stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS FOR URINARY INCONTINENCE?
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT KIND OF INCONTINENCE I HAVE?
First, speak with your physician. In many cases, the diagnosis may be made with a simple discussion with your doctor. In other cases, the cause may not be immediately evident, and a test called urodynamics may be indicated. This test usually involves placing small catheters into the bladder and rectum to measure pressures as the bladder fills and empties. It can often be very helpful in guiding the type of treatment that may be best for you, and also help to predict your response to treatment.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR URINARY INCONTINENCE?
Treatment options differ, depending on the type of incontinence a woman has, its severity, and the underlying cause.
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