Living with urinary incontinence leaves many women feeling embarrassed – it probably feels like you’re the only one in the world who can’t stop your bladder from leaking when you sneeze or laugh. The reality is that urinary incontinence is extremely common, especially in women who have given birth. In fact, one in five women will have surgery for incontinence at some point in their lifetime.
WHAT CAUSES INCONTINENCE
Urinary incontinence is the inability to control the muscles in the bladder, leading to urine leakage. Many women who live with incontinence wear pads or dark colored pants because they know that without fail they will have a leak at some point during the day. It might feel embarrassing to talk about, but incontinence isn’t a disease. The condition is always caused by an underlying cause like childbirth, pregnancy, menopause, obesity, frequent UTIs, surgery complications, bladder stones, nerve damage and neurological disorders.
TYPES OF INCONTINENCE
- Most common
- Leaking that occurs when lifting, coughing, sneezing
- Sudden, strong urge to urinate
- Unable to make it to the bathroom in time
- Constant dripping of urine
If you’ve tried Kegels, cut out caffeine, and nothing seems to help, it’s time to seek treatment for incontinence. The first step in treating your incontinence is to find out what is causing the condition. Depending on your type of incontinence, our specialized team may be able to offer you diet and lifestyle interventions, medications or surgical procedures like a bladder sling or nerve stimulators.