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Why Do I Keep Leaking Urine?

Why Do I Keep Leaking Urine?

Urinary incontinence can make you feel isolated and alone. But guess what? Millions of Americans suffer from incontinence, a common problem that becomes even more common as you get older.

In fact, incontinence is so common among older women and men, many people mistakenly think it’s just a natural part of getting older. But it’s definitely not — and there are a lot of things you can do about it.

As a leading anti-aging medical practice in Sandy Springs, Georgia, Wellife Center offers comprehensive treatment for women and men with urinary incontinence, reducing symptoms and improving overall quality of life. If you’re dealing with urinary incontinence, here’s what could be causing it.

Why urinary incontinence happens

While urinary incontinence can affect anyone, it’s much more common among women than men. That’s probably because pregnancy, childbirth, and fluctuations in estrogen can all have an impact on bladder health and function.

As women age, these factors along with age-related changes in the pelvic muscles combine to increase the likelihood of bladder leakage. As the pelvic floor weakens, the bladder loses some of its support, interfering with its normal function.

Other factors that can cause or contribute to urinary incontinence include:

Urinary tract infections and even your dietary choices can affect bladder function, too. Some foods associated with bladder irritation include:

Our team reviews your symptoms and performs testing as needed to determine the cause of your incontinence, so your treatment can be tailored to your needs.

Types of incontinence

All types of urinary incontinence cause leakage. The main differences involve the underlying cause and how leakage occurs.

Stress incontinence

Stress incontinence is by far the most common type of urinary incontinence. If you leak a small amount of urine when you cough, laugh, sneeze, or exert yourself physically, you may have this type of incontinence.

Urge incontinence

Like the name implies, urge incontinence is accompanied by frequent, overwhelming urges to urinate — all day long and even at night when you’re trying to sleep. Sometimes, urge incontinence is related to an infection, but other times, it can be due to an underlying health problem, like diabetes. Urge incontinence is also known as overactive bladder.

Mixed incontinence 

People with mixed incontinence have symptoms of both stress incontinence and urge incontinence.

Functional incontinence

A fourth type of incontinence called functional incontinence isn’t really related to an issue with your bladder. Instead, it happens in people who have another medical issue — like severe arthritis or a neuromuscular problem — that makes it hard for them to make it to the bathroom in time, resulting in urine leakage.

Custom treatment for urinary incontinence

Many patients can reduce symptoms by incorporating a few lifestyle changes, like:

Our team also reviews medications you’re currently taking that could be contributing to urine leakage.

Lifestyle changes can help, but they’re rarely enough to eliminate symptoms. Our team offers several minimally invasive treatment options to help relieve urinary incontinence symptoms, including electromagnetic energy therapy using the Emsella® system and ThermiVa® radiofrequency treatments. Both of these treatment options help strengthen pelvic floor muscles to provide better support for your bladder and urethra.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are also helpful in treating urinary incontinence. These injections “regenerate” and restore the tissues in and around your vagina to help prevent urinary incontinence. PRP injections can also be used in combination with Emsella or ThermiVa for added benefit.

Stop suffering in silence

Don’t let embarrassment keep you from getting treatment for your urinary incontinence. Not only is incontinence extremely common, but it’s also very treatable. To learn more about the options we offer at the Wellife Center, call 678-274-4928 or book an appointment online today.

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