Urinary incontinence is the inability to control your bladder. It can range from small, occasional leaks to a large loss of urine on a regular basis. Still, others experience a constant dribble of urine because their bladder never completely empties itself.
Daily events such as sneezing, laughing, or coughing, can result in urinary leakage. In severe cases, urinary incontinence leads to isolation, with patients fearing an accident opting to stay home.
Urinary incontinence is actually a symptom rather than its own condition. It can be an indication of such underlying issues as a urinary tract infection or constipation. In women, urinary incontinence is often the result of weakened pelvic floor muscles, incurred during pregnancy, childbirth, or the decline of estrogen that accompanies menopause. For men, it may be due to an enlarged prostate.
After a urodynamic test to distinguish how and when your bladder is releasing urine and a possible cystoscopy to see how the urethra communicates with the bladder, an individualized treatment plan will be created. Possible treatments include:
If you're suffering from urinary incontinence, consult the Urology of Greater Atlanta.