“Bless you!” If you sneeze and you get more than a “bless you” you might be dealing with something called urinary incontinence. A simple sneeze for a person struggling with urinary incontinence can be a big issue. This type of urinary incontinence is called stress incontinence.
Different Types of Urinary Incontinence
- Stress Incontinence
- Overactive Bladder (OAB) or Urge Incontinence
- Overflow Incontinence
- Functional Incontinence
- Gross Total Incontinence
Incontinence can be temporary or chronic. It is caused by some common issues including overactive bladder muscles, weakened pelvic floor muscles, nerve damage, chronic bladder inflammation, disability or side effect from surgery or medication.
FAQs About Urinary Incontinence
- Many people ask if they should drink less water or fluids to help with urinary incontinence. However, it would be best if you continued to drink the recommended amount of fluids to keep your kidney and bladder healthy and for overall good health.
- Are there things you can do to help prevent urinary incontinence? Yes, you can practice Kegel exercises daily, maintain a healthy weight and eat plenty of foods with fiber to prevent constipation.
- Is your smoking habit affecting your urinary incontinence? Yes, your smoking habit can make your urinary incontinence worse.
According to the Urology Care Foundation, “A quarter to a third of men and women in the U.S. suffer from urinary incontinence. That means millions of Americans.” If you are one of the millions of women who suffer from urinary incontinence, there is hope for you.
Call Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. for expert urinary incontinence treatment in Cobb County, Georgia.