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Female Urinary Incontinence: It's More Common Than You Think

Leaking a bit of urine pretty often might seem “normal,” given how common the symptoms are. However, it’s essential to know that urinary incontinence is a treatable condition, and you shouldn’t have to attempt to grin and bear its symptoms.

At Alabama UROGYN in Fairhope, Alabama, Dr. Robert Brown and his team offer non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment options to end urinary incontinence struggles. Read on to learn more about this common condition.

Who experiences female urinary incontinence 

Most anyone can develop urinary incontinence, but it’s especially common in women. If you’re pregnant, have given birth, have an exceptionally short urethra, or have reached menopause, your chances are even higher. Diabetes, obesity, and gynecological procedures can also raise your risk. Given all of these factors, some 10% of women in the US live with urinary incontinence. By the time you reach age 65, that number reaches 35% or over one-third of all women. 

Female urinary incontinence symptoms

Urinary incontinence happens when the muscle that holds urine in your body weakens, making it difficult to control your bladder as usual. The most common type is stress incontinence, which causes urine to leak when you cough, laugh, sneeze, lift heavy objects, or exercise. If that happens once in a while, it’s no big deal. But when symptoms become recurrent and chronic, it’s likely incontinence.

Women may also develop urge incontinence, which brings on intense, sudden urines to relieve yourself plus an inability to hold urine inside until you can. Overflow incontinence is another type, which causes leakage because of difficulty fully emptying your bladder when you need to. You can also develop more than one type of incontinence, which is considered mixed incontinence.

Female urinary incontinence treatment

Your treatment for urinary incontinence will vary, depending on your symptom’s type and severity. Dr. Brown may suggest starting with lifestyle changes, medication, or pelvic floor exercises to improve your bladder challenges. If these steps fail to help sufficiently or your symptoms are moderate to severe, he may recommend a minimally-invasive procedure that brings a quick recovery, such as:

To learn more about female urinary incontinence or your treatment options, call Alabama UROGYN or request an appointment with Dr. Brown or one of his team members. Our experienced professionals would love to help you get to a place of greater wellness and comfort.

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