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Urinary incontinence, or not being able to control your bladder, can be a serious issue if not treated. Usually affecting women over the age of 50, this can happen to anyone. Complications from urinary incontinence can include rashes, sores, and urinary tract infections. Although it may be an embarrassing topic or hard to talk about, it is important you discuss your symptoms with your surgeon to find out about your options for treatment. Treating the condition with either surgical or non-surgical options can be very effective and improve the quality of life.
Types of Urinary Leakage
Female urinary incontinence is brought on by different reasons. There are five different types of urinary incontinence: stress, urge, overflow, functional, and mixed (which includes a combination of factors). Helping your doctor identify which type of bladder leakage issue affects you is done by accurately pinpointing specific situations, medications, and behaviors that happened around the time of the accident.
Stress incontinence is when urinary leakage occurs because of sudden pressure on the lower stomach muscles, such as when you cough, laugh, lift something, or exercise. Stress incontinence usually occurs when the pelvic muscles are weakened, for example by childbirth or surgery. This form of urinary incontinence is common in women.
Urge incontinence occurs when the need to urinate comes on very suddenly, often before you can get to a toilet. Your body may only give you a warning of a few seconds to minutes before you urinate. This bladder control problem is most common in the elderly and may be a sign of a urinary tract infection or an overactive bladder.
Overflow incontinence is the uncontrollable leakage of small amounts of urine, usually caused by an overfilled bladder. You may feel like you can’t empty your bladder all the way and you may strain when urinating. This urinary leakage often occurs in men and can be caused by something blocking the urinary flow, such as an enlarged prostate gland or tumor. Diabetes or certain medicines may also cause this bladder control problem.
Functional incontinence occurs when you have normal urine control but have trouble getting to the bathroom in time. You may not be able to get to the bathroom because of arthritis or other diseases that make it hard to move around.
Mixed incontinence involves more than one of the types of urinary leakage issues listed above.
Learn more about the different urinary incontinence types by visiting MayoClinic.com.
Contact a Bladder Control Specialist Today
If you suffer from bladder leakage and are looking for more information, schedule a consultation with one of our talented urologists in Beverly Hills today. Our urology experts offer a wide range of treatment options for patients afflicted with bladder control issues and urinary leakage problems.
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