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Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence or loss of bladder control, is a common but embarrassing problem among women. Urinary incontinence can range from leaking urine when you cough or sneeze to having an urge that’s so strong you don’t make it to a toilet in time.

If urine leakage becomes a problem that affects your daily life this is called incontinence. Although this is not a serious medical problem it can affect your quality of life.

Types of Urinary Incontinence

There are some women who experience occasional leakage of urine, however, there are women who frequently wet their clothes.

The different types of incontinence include:

  • Stress Incontinence.  Urine leaks when you exert pressure on your bladder by coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising or lifting something heavy.
  • Urge Incontinence.  You have a sudden, intense urge to urinate followed by an involuntary loss of urine. You may need to urinate often, including throughout the night. Urge incontinence may be caused by a minor condition, such as an infection or a more severe condition such as a neurologic disorder or diabetes.
  • Overflow incontinence:. You experience frequent or constant dribbling of urine due to a bladder that doesn’t empty completely.
  • Functional incontinence:. A physical or mental impairment keeps you from making it to the toilet in time. For example, if you have severe arthritis, you may not be able to unbutton your pants quickly enough.
  • Mixed incontinence: You experience more than one type of urinary incontinence.

You may feel uncomfortable discussing incontinence with Dr. De Leon but if it is affecting your quality of life it is important to seek medical advice because urinary incontinence may:

  • Indicate a more serious problem
  • Cause you to restrict your social activities and interactions
  • Increase the risk of falls in older people rushing to the bathroom.

If you suffer from any of these problems Dr. De Leon can help you identify what type of incontinence you suffer from and help it from affecting your quality of life. Incontinence and UTI’s are treatable and Dr. De Leon is well versed in treatment for these issues. Call Dr. De Leon if incontinence is affecting your quality of life.