Forms of Incontinence
Dr. Jennifer Berman
One of the more embarrassing problems a woman can face is urinary incontinence, which involves the loss of bladder control. Urinary incontinence can range in severity, whether it’s a small amount of leakage that occurs when you cough or sneeze or whether it’s a full-on urge to use the toilet that is so strong you can’t make it to the bathroom in time.
Hello, I’m Dr. Jennifer Berman. I specialize in the treatment of female urinary incontinence and I have vast expertise as one of the nation’s leading sexual health experts. Read on for more information about incontinence, risk factors, and what you can do if you’re living with urinary incontinence right now.
Did you know as a woman you are twice as likely to experience incontinence than a man? Events like menopause, pregnancy, childbirth, and the general structure of the female body is what makes women more likely to have to go through urinary incontinence or vaginal tract infection.
Stress incontinence occurs as urine leaks when pressure is exerted on the bladder (usually in the form of sneezing, laughing, coughing, during exercise, or during heavy lifting).
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Urge incontinence occurs when you experience sudden urges to urinate which results in involuntary urination. Urge incontinence is also characterized by frequent urination, especially throughout the night.
Overflow incontinence is another type of urinary incontinence that is characterized by dribbling urine. This happens because the bladder can’t empty properly or completely. Functional incontinence occurs when a mental or physical limitation (like severe arthritis for instance) renders you unable to go to the bathroom properly. There are also cases of mixed incontinence when you might experience multiple types of urinary incontinence simultaneously.
Treating Your Urinary Incontinence
There are certain factors which can increase your risk of getting urinary incontinence. Gender, as discussed above, puts women at 50% more risk than men, for instance. Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, advanced age, loss of strength and muscle control, being overweight, smoking/tobacco use, genetics/family history, and neurological disease can all increase your risk of urinary incontinence.
Though it is more likely to occur as you advance in age, urinary incontinence isn’t an inevitable consequence of aging. If urinary incontinence affects your daily activities, don’t hesitate to contact me. For most people, simple lifestyle changes or medical treatment can ease discomfort or stop urinary incontinence.
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