Urinary Incontinence? You’re Not Alone
According to a survey of 6,000 women, 45% of all women are challenged with urinary incontinence. And, if you think that they’re all over the age of 65, think again. The condition affects:
- 28% of women ages 30 to 39
- 41% of women ages 40 to 49
- Close to half of all women over 50
- 55% of women ages 80 to 90
What you might find even more surprising is that substantial and oftentimes total relief is available for 80% of those women. If you’re struggling with urinary incontinence, know that you’re not alone.
The 3 Types of Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence is the inability to control the release of urine. You might leak urine when coughing, running, laughing, or sometimes without any rational cause at all. While each woman experiences her urinary incontinence differently, there are three general types of urinary incontinence.
Overflow Incontinence: Overflow incontinence occurs when the bladder doesn’t properly empty. You may feel the need to urinate often, but find yourself unable to do so. The bladder then gets very full and urine leaks out in small amounts. Typically, the underlying issue is blockage of the urethra or the opening to the bladder. Sometimes nerve or muscle problems may prevent the bladder from contracting and completely emptying.
Urge Incontinence: Urge incontinence, also known as “overactive bladder,” occurs when the bladder feels full even when it’s close to empty. If you frequently feel a sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate, then you may have urge incontinence, which could be caused by infection, a nerve problem, or a growth in the bladder.
Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI): If you leak urine when sneezing, coughing, laughing, or during other similar activities, then you may be suffering from SUI. Typically, the cause is weak bladder muscles.
Keep in mind, many women suffering with incontinence experience a mixture of the above symptoms. In order to begin the diagnosis and treatment of your urinary incontinence, call for a physician referral at 713.757.7575.