Urinary incontinence is the uncontrolled loss of urine from the bladder. Leakage can occur at day, night or both. The circumstances that cause leaks determine the type of incontinence you have.
- Stress incontinence is the loss of urine when you cough, laugh, sneeze, exercise, have sex or participate in any activity that increases abdominal pressure.
- Urge incontinence is the need to urinate so severely that you leak before you reach the bathroom. If you cope with urges by using the bathroom frequently to prevent leaks, you may have overactive bladder. You may have a related condition called nocturia if you wake up frequently at night to urinate.
- Mixed urinary incontinence is a combination of stress and urge incontinence.
- Overflow incontinence is the inability to completely empty the bladder, resulting in periodic leaks
- Unconscious leakage is the loss of urine with no identifiable reason.
There is no need to tolerate incontinence or the inconvenience and embarrassment the condition can cause. If you feel you have a problem, we can treat it, regardless of whether you leak once a month or 30 times a day.
How is urinary incontinence diagnosed?
Your doctor can learn much about which type of urinary incontinence you are experiencing by discussing your condition and your medical history with you. A physical exam and a variety of bladder tests also can help with the diagnosis. You may be asked to keep a diary that tracks your bladder activity.
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