What is Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence, also known as bladder leakage, is the loss of bladder control or the involuntary loss of urine. This can turn a laughing fit or fun workout into a stressful and potentially uncomfortable situation. Here are the three common types of Urinary Incontinence
Types of Urinary Incontinence
Stress Urinary Incontinence
Stress urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine during physical activities, like laughing, jumping, sneezing or lifting heavy objects. It occurs when the muscles that support the urethra are weakened or
damaged. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including:
- Hormone changes
Urge Urinary Incontinence
Urge urinary incontinence is the unintended loss of urine due to an involuntary bladder contraction. Patients often describe urge urinary incontinence as needing to go even if they just went. It’s often associated with an
Mixed Urinary Incontinence
Mixed urinary incontinence is involuntary bladder leakage associated with a combination of both urge and stress urinary incontinence.
Who Suffers from Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence affects more people than you might think. Incontinence affects twice as many women as men.1 The important thing to remember is you’re not alone. There are millions of women out there just like you who experience some form of bladder leakage. But you don’t have to live with it. Talk to your doctor today.
- 1 in 2 adult women have urinary incontinence.1
- On average, women wait 6.5 years after having symptoms to see a doctor.2
- Less than 50% of women with bladder leakage discuss their symptoms with their doctor. 3
Do You Have Urinary Incontinence?
Have you experienced any of the most common symptoms of urinary incontinence?
- Unexpected leakage
- Difficulty holding your urine
- Sudden urge to urinate
- Urinating more than 8 times a day
Many women have secret strategies for managing these symptoms, like wearing liners or pads, going before leaving the house, always finding a public restroom, limiting fluids throughout the day and crossing their legs. If you’re thinking, “Hey, I use some of those same strategies,” then it may be time to explore your options for relief.