Whether it’s brought on by a good laugh, a strong cough, or just an overpowering urge to go, accidental urine leakage can be a frustrating – and sometimes embarrassing – experience. Those feelings of shame hold many women back from speaking up, but you don’t have to suffer in silence – urinary incontinence is a very common and highly treatable issue.
Most cases can be improved or resolved with guided lifestyle changes and/or medical treatment. Your social, emotional, and physical well-being are worth it – partnering with a compassionate provider will put you on the path towards taking back your control.
By definition, urinary incontinence is not a disease or condition – it’s a result of changes to your body that can be caused by pregnancy, childbirth, aging, obesity, weakened pelvic muscles, and urinary tract infections. Incontinence may begin at any age, and the amount of leakage may range from a few drops to a complete emptying of your bladder.
Stress Incontinence – This most common type is usually triggered by physical movement – laughing, coughing, sneezing, exercising, lifting, or having sex.
Urge Incontinence – Often referred to as ‘overactive bladder’, this type usually involves a sudden, strong urge to urinate and/or very frequent urination.
Mixed Incontinence – It’s possible to have symptoms of both stress and urge incontinence. And you may experience leakage and/or full emptying of the bladder.
Functional – Despite having normal bladder function, other medical conditions like arthritis or neurological disorders may limit your ability to reach the restroom in time.
Once your Axia Women’s Health provider pinpoints the cause of your incontinence, they will tailor a plan of care that may include some of the following treatments:
At Axia Women’s health, you’re at the center of your healthcare. Our providers empower patients to access and implement personalized care that brings your wellness back into balance.
Schedule a consultation and you’ll find open and supportive care with each one of our dedicated Urogynecology specialists.