Although urinary incontinence affects 30 to 50 percent of women, the condition also affects some men. The rates go up with age, but incontinence among young women is quite common.
Urinary incontinence is a not a disease but a symptom with many possible causes.
Some common types of urinary incontinence include:
Pregnancy, vaginal delivery, surgery, radiation, or accidental injury can lead to urinary incontinence. There may be no obvious underlying reason for why bladder control problems occur, but some other causes include:
Eighty to 90 percent of women who seek treatment experience significant improvement. A wide array of treatment options exist, ranging from behavioral and diet changes to surgical options.
Numerous studies have shown that learning how to control and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles helps women reduce or eliminate urine leakage. Our specially trained physical therapists can help you learn these exercises.
Maintaining healthy body weight is important for normal pelvic floor function. As little as a 5 to 10 percent decrease in weight in women who are overweight or obese will reduce weekly incontinence episodes by more than half.
Doctors may suggest surgery to improve bladder control if other treatments have failed. The best surgical procedures improve or cure incontinence associated with coughing, laughing, sneezing, and exercising in about 85 percent of women.
If you experience urinary incontinence, or for more information about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.