Urinary Incontinence

Overview

Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control and is a common problem that affects men and women.  According to the American Urological Institute, millions of Americans suffer from urinary incontinence.  Studies have shown that there are many things that increase risk for urinary incontinence.  It is well known and assumed that old age leads to urinary incontinence but other factors can contribute such as pregnancy and delivery for women that increases with the number of children and includes vaginal delivery as well as C-sections.  Men who have prostate problems are at an increased risk as well as some prescription medications.  Obesity, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and smoking has also been linked to higher cases of urinary incontinence.

There are several types of urinary incontinence and it is not considered a disease in and of itself but considered a symptom of conditions.  Although linked to aging, it is not a normal part of getting old nor is it hereditary.  Urinary incontinence can be treated.  The types of urinary incontinence include Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), Overactive Bladder (OAB), Mixed and Overflow Incontinence.  To learn more about Urinary Incontinence, visit the Urology Care Foundation website.

Treatment

There are many treatments for urinary incontinence and much depends on the underlying conditions, the type of incontinence, the sex and age of the patient as well as their general health and mental state.  Treatments include exercises, medications, medical devices, surgery or a combination.  These treatments are different for the different types of incontinence and best determined by you and your doctor.  For more information on treatments for urinary incontinence, check out this article from Medical News Today.

How We Can Help

Austin Urological Associates can help men and women with urinary incontinence.  Many people who suffer from incontinence consider it a natural consequence of aging or think nothing can be done.  It can affect their normal activities and keep them from enjoying life.  There are effective treatments for urinary incontinence.  At Austin Urological Associates, we screen patients to determine the cause of the incontinence and offer treatments that will help them get back to normal everyday life without constantly being worried about leakage or losing bladder control.  Contact us for an appointment at (512) 476-6060

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