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Urinary Incontinence in Women: It’s More Common Than You Think but We Have Solutions

Urinary Incontinence in Women: It’s More Common Than You Think but We Have Solutions

Frequent urges to urinate, leaking urine when you sneeze or laugh, feeling like you have to pee when you just went to the bathroom a little while ago: These are all signs of urinary incontinence (UI), a chronic medical problem that affects as many as a third of American adults.

Urinary incontinence is embarrassing, and if you suffer from it, it’s easy to feel like you’re all alone. But millions of women (and men) deal with urinary incontinence every day, not even realizing that there are safe, effective ways of treating it.

At Wellife Center, our team uses a patient-centered approach to UI treatment, tailoring every care plan to the patient’s symptoms, their lifestyle, and the underlying type of UI. If you feel like UI is slowly taking over your life, here’s how we can help.

Urinary incontinence: three main types

Urinary incontinence is the inability to control or manage your bladder in a normal way, and even though it sounds like one medical issue, there are actually different types of UI.

Stress incontinence

Stress incontinence happens when the muscles that support your bladder — your pelvic floor muscles — are weakened or damaged. It’s especially common among older women in menopause. 

With stress incontinence, you leak or dribble urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh, or do physical or strenuous activity, like lifting something heavy. The amount of urine that’s leaked can range from a few drops to a few tablespoons or more.

Overactive bladder

Also called urge incontinence, overactive bladder (OAB) is common among both women and men. In OAB, your bladder nerves are overactive, signaling a need to urinate even when your bladder isn’t full.

People with OAB frequently feel an undeniable need to urinate, even during the night when they’re trying to sleep. Many factors can cause or contribute to OAB, including infections, hormonal changes during menopause, and underlying medical issues like diabetes.

Mixed incontinence

Mixed incontinence is when you have symptoms of both OAB and stress incontinence.

Less common types of UI include functional incontinence and overflow incontinence. In functional incontinence, a disability or impairment (like arthritis) prevents you from making it to the toilet in time. With overflow incontinence, your body makes more urine than your bladder can hold or you can’t empty your bladder completely.

Incontinence is not a natural part of aging

Incontinence does tend to become more common with age, but that does not mean it’s natural or just something you have to “learn to live with.” UI is a medical condition that requires medical treatment to keep it under control. 

Our team offers several treatment options, depending on your needs:

Many women benefit from a combination of treatments to help them manage their incontinence and feel more comfortable and confident. 

Without treatment, even mild UI can quickly interfere with your daily activities and rob you of your self-confidence. The good news: UI treatment can help, whether your symptoms are mild, moderate, or severe. 

To learn more about the urinary incontinence treatments our team offers or to have them develop a custom plan for you, call Wellife Center in Sandy Springs, Georgia, or book an appointment online today.

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