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Urinary incontinence (UI) is the loss of bladder control. Anyone can experience urinary incontinence, but it becomes most common with age. Urinary incontinence in women can be caused by pregnancy and vaginal childbirth, genetic factors, obesity and other medical conditions.
There are several different types of incontinence, and your doctor will determine which type you have by reviewing your complete medical history, discussing your symptoms with you and performing some common tests.
There are many non-surgical methods for treating urinary incontinence. Behavioral therapy includes maintaining a strict schedule of avoiding and monitoring fluid intake. Many patients use absorbent pads, liners and undergarments to manage their UI.
Or those who would rather restore their continence rather than manage it, there are several options that vary in invasiveness and effectiveness, including slings and retropubic suspensions to strengthen your pelvic floor. Your doctor will discuss which option will work best for you.
For personalized help finding the right specialist for you, please call our Physician Referral Line at 1.888.800.7688, or use our online physician directory.
You’re a doer. So when it comes to changes in your own body, why is it that you put it off? It’s time to take action and talk to a professional (no offense to your friends). If you would like to be notified of future women’s health events in your area, let us know!