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What to know about urinary incontinence

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

By: Dr. Vannhu Nguyen

Twenty-five million Americans – both men and women – are affected by urinary incontinence (UI). This disorder is marked by a sudden and uncontrollable urge to urinate and usually does not allow time to get to a restroom, resulting in the involuntary loss of urine. The spectrum can range from a few drops to a complete emptying of the bladder.


Urinary incontinence can affect both men and women


There are a few types of incontinence. Urge incontinence is illustrated by a sudden and desperate need to urinate accompanied by an involuntary loss of urine.


Stress incontinence is another form. This doesn’t refer to psychological stress; rather it is related to physical activities that can cause involuntary urination. Running, jumping, laughing, sneezing or coughing can cause this kind of incontinence. It should be noted there are other types and combinations that can be discussed with your physician.


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The prevalence of urinary incontinence


According to a study, as women age, the prevalence of UI rises. UI is unusual in the early years of life but substantially peaks at menopause and increases between the ages of 60 and 80. Incontinence in men is less common than women and the frequency does not spike as it does for menopausal women. However, UI does increase with age in men as it does with women, and possibly more steadily.



A few questions your doctor may ask you about your urinary incontinence:

  • What medications are you taking?
  • Do you feel pain when you urinate?
  • Have you recently had a urinary tract infection or bladder infection?
  • How often do you urinate?
  • When did you begin to have bladder problems?


Treatments for UI


We understand that this problem can have an impact on your social, professional and family life. You do not have to live with this condition. Fortunately, there are treatments available. If you are experiencing urinary incontinence, please call our office at 888-437-9613 so we can begin the treatment process. You can also request an appointment online here.




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