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If you are experiencing urinary incontinence, which is the loss of voluntary bladder control resulting in urinary leakage, you’re certainly not alone. One out of every three women over the age of 45 suffers from some form of urinary incontinence, and research suggests that this number increases to one out of every two women over the age of 65.
While urinary incontinence can be an embarrassing problem, this condition can be managed effectively or even reversed. Your women’s healthcare specialist at Yuma Regional Medical Center will work closely with you to identify the specific type of urinary incontinence you have and then recommend the best course of action for your treatment.
There are three basic types of urinary incontinence. With urge incontinence, often referred to as overactive bladder, you may feel the overwhelming need to urinate, even when you just went or you feel that you are unable to hold it long enough to reach the bathroom. The second type, called stress incontinence, occurs when there is urine loss during exercise, coughing, sneezing, laughing or any body movement that puts pressure on the bladder. Mixed incontinence is the term used when a woman experiences a combination of both urge and stress incontinence.
Treatment for urinary incontinence depends on the type of incontinence you have, the severity of your problem and the underlying cause. Possible treatment options include behavioral or dietary modifications, medications or a minimally invasive surgical procedure. Sometimes, a combination of treatments is used.
The most important fact for you to know is that urinary incontinence can be treated to eliminate the embarrassment and inconvenience of this condition and help you get back to doing the things you love. Talk to your primary care physician or OBGYN to learn more about treatment options available to you.
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