Urinary Incontinence


Urinary Incontinence is a problem that affects many women, and affects more women than it does men. It involves the involuntary release of urine and the symptoms can range from bothersome to debilitating. Since the involuntary release of urine can be embarrassing for those who suffer from urinary incontinence, the problem often goes untreated. This can lead to a decreased quality of life for many women.

Urinary incontinence results from problems with the muscles and/or nerves that help to hold the bladder and to release urine. Pregnancy, childbirth, weight gain, aging and Menopause can all play a part in causing this condition. Urinary incontinence can also result from more serious medical conditions including birth defects, strokes, neurologic injuries and multiple sclerosis.

If you suffer from this problem, you are not alone. In fact, it is estimated that approximately seventeen million women in the United States suffer from urinary incontinence. It is also estimated that approximately twenty-four percent of women between the ages of eighteen and forty-four and twenty-three percent of women over the age of sixty are struggling with this common condition.

Once you have been diagnosed with urinary incontinence, there are a variety of treatment options that may be prescribed by your physician. The type of treatment prescribed will depend on the cause of your symptoms, the frequency and severity of your symptoms, and your medical history. The available treatment options include Kegel exercises, medicines, vaginal devices, injections, surgery and more.

If you are suffering from urinary incontinence, there is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed and it does not have to interfere with your life. Schedule an appointment with your doctor today so you can get on the road to an improved quality of life.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Carlos Alarcon, Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.