This kind of urinary incontinence is sometimes called an overactive bladder. It is caused by abnormal contractions of the bladder. People with urge incontinence have very sudden urination urges. In some cases, the urge comes on so suddenly that there isn't time to reach the toilet and an accident occurs.
Stress urinary incontinence is by far the most commonly occurring type of urinary incontinence. This kind of urinary incontinence happens when the bladder is put under unusual pressure. This pressure can occur from straining, for example straining to hold a heavy object. It also happens when people have a very deep cough or when they laugh very hard. The leakage with stress urinary incontinence may be very small, but it can be significant in some situations.
Overflow incontinence is a fairly uncommon kind of urinary incontinence. This type of incontinence happens when people are not able to fully empty the bladder when urinating. The urine that remains in the bladder then leaks out at other times.
There are a number of risk factors for urinary incontinence. Women have a higher risk of developing urinary incontinence, especially as they age. Women over 35 have an increased risk, and women in their 40s are the most common urinary incontinence sufferers today. While age and sex are not controllable, some other risk factors can be controlled. Excess weight, diabetes, and smoking may all raise the risk for urinary incontinence.
At Salem Women's Clinic, urinary incontinence is treated on a personalized basis. Each patient may have their own particular issues and concerns associated with urinary incontinence, so the team does their best to help the patient reduce or eliminate the issue. Lifestyle changes may be helpful, for example, patients who are overweight can lose weight with the help of a medical weight loss program like the Ideal Protein plan. Some prescription medications may also be helpful in alleviating urinary incontinence.
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