Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence Specialist
Many women who have these kinds of bladder control problems are reluctant to discuss them with anyone, or are embarrassed to acknowledge that they have a problem, even to themselves. But the truth of the matter is that urinary incontinence can have a very significant impact in your quality of life. At Central Texas Urogynecology and Continence Center located in Austin, Texas, we know that it can undermine your sense of well-being and self-worth, and your ability to live your life the way you want.

Urinary Incontinence Q & A

Central Texas Urogynecology and Continence Center

What is Urinary Incontinence? 

Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine; or simply put, to go when you don’t intend to. Urinary incontinence is a much more common problem than most people realize. Though common, urinary incontinence is not considered “normal” at any age. You’re not alone and we can help.  

What are the types of Urinary Incontinence? 

(BLADDER CONTROL PROBLEMS)

Female urinary incontinence can be grouped in several distinct categories, although women often have symptoms found in more than one category (i.e., mixed incontinence).

Stress Incontinence
Stress urinary incontinence is the most common type of incontinence and is characterized by urinary leakage during activities including coughing, sneezing, exercising, lifting, and laughing. As the condition progresses, it can become severe enough to happen with simple acts including bending and walking.

Urge Incontinence (Overactive bladder)
Often referred to as “overactive bladder.” Inability to hold urine long enough to reach restroom.

Mixed Incontinence
When two or more causes contribute to urinary incontinence. Often refers to the presence of both stress and urge incontinence.

Overflow Incontinence
Leakage or “spill-over” of urine when the quantity of urine exceeds the bladder’s capacity to hold it. Small amounts of leakage happen frequently throughout the day and night. This kind of leakage is less common among women, unless they have had bladder surgery, significant vaginal prolapse, or a neurologic problem.

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