Are leaks causing non-stop pit stops, pausing your happiness?
Anyone can suffer from incontinence. When it happens to you, it can be embarrassing, problematic, and frustrating.
It can become hard to go to work or go out in public without looking down for wet spots or wondering when your next accident is going to happen.
It’s a condition that can make you want to withdraw and isolate yourself from the things and people you love, but urinary incontinence is a very common problem. It affects approximately 17 million people in the US (1).
You don’t have to put your happiness on hold because of urinary incontinence. Explore your options with Urology One today by requesting an appointment or learning more about your condition.
What is incontinence & what are the symptoms?
Urinary incontinence is simply the unexpected release of urine from your bladder. This issue is commonly referred to as “leaking,” and is more likely to occur as you age.
Incontinence occurs when the muscles in your bladder, which surround your urethra, relax. When those muscles relax, this allows urine that would normally be kept out of your urethra to be released without your permission.
The symptoms of incontinence are pretty straightforward due to an internal issue causing an external problem -- leaking. If you are unexpectedly releasing urine, you should consult with your urologist to learn the cause of the problem and to explore potential treatments.
You are not without options. Thankfully, incontinence can be reduced or eliminated with urological care, which will be determined by the cause of your incontinence.
The Cause of Your Incontinence
There are many causes of incontinence, some that result from disease, and others that come from activities or unexpected situations, including:
- Consuming an excess of alcohol
- Drinking too much caffeine or carbonated drinks
- Medications, including sedatives, relaxants, and pills to lower blood pressure
- A deep cough
- Not having a bathroom available to you
According to the Mayo Clinic(2), additional causes of urinary incontinence include treatable conditions like a urinary tract infection or constipation.
Types of Incontinence
Every case of incontinence is unique, and the treatment you receive will depend on your specific condition and body. There are several forms of incontinence.
- Stress: Involuntary loss of urine caused by pressure placed on your bladder (laughing, sneezing, sexual intercourse, etc.).
- Urge: The immediate feeling of needing to urinate and the sudden release of urine.
- Overflow: Little amounts of urine are released due to not knowing your bladder is full.
- Mixed: The combination of both stress and urge urinary incontinence.
- Functional: When you’re simply not able to go to the bathroom in time before urine is released.
- Transient: Caused by medication prescribed to treat a condition, or the condition itself.
- Total: If you lose all ability to control your urinary system, you’re experiencing total incontinence.
Regardless of the type of incontinence you may have, there are treatment options available from Urology One.
Overcome leaks and move past your urinary incontinence.
Leaking is rarely ever a permanent condition. Urology One's team is experienced in successfully treating incontinence with a treatment plan that works for patients, and are excited at the possibility of helping you move past your condition.
We will analyze your body and symptoms, determine the cause of your incontinence, and work with you to outline a plan for success. You will feel relief in knowing how to prevent these surprises from leaking into your life and draining the enjoyment you get from living your fullest life.