Urinary Incontinence

More than 13 million people in the U.S. suffer from urinary incontinence. The majority of sufferers are women – mainly of advanced ages. Urinary Incontinence occurs when urine is excreted from the body involuntarily.

About half of those with urinary incontinence are so embarrassed that they never discuss the problem with a healthcare professional. This is unfortunate because, in eight out of ten cases, the problem can be relieved.

Urinary incontinence in women is often the result of childbirth, hormonal changes during menopause and the anatomy of the urinary tract. In men, enlarged prostates and prostate surgeries are the leading causes. In the elderly, incontinence occurs because of changes in the nervous system.

Types of Urinary Incontinence

Stress incontinence: occurs when an increase in abdominal forces causes urine leakage due to pelvic floor weakness. Examples of this may be when you cough, sneeze, laugh, or lifting an object.

Urge incontinence: occurs when your bladder is overactive, contracting more frequently and urgently. These inappropriate contractions can stem from reversible causes like a bladder infection, bladder irritability after surgery, or poor dietary or behavior habits.

Functional Incontinence: due to physical or cognitive problems, or various medications, you are unable to reach the toilet on time.

Mixed Incontinence: a combination of Stress and Urge incontinence.

Overflow Incontinence: occurs if your bladder is always full and continually leaks urine.

Causes of Urinary Incontinence

• Cancer, radiation or surgery to pelvis area, such as prostate surgery
• Pregnancy and Childbirth
• Medications
• Arthritis, along with other disabilities that make movement difficult
• Stroke
• Alzheimer’s Disease
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Diabetes
• Irritation to the bladder, such as infection, stones, cancer and low hormone levels after menopause
• Blockage, such as an enlarged prostate
• Obesity
• Stress
• Weak pelvic floor muscles

Are You Incontinent?

• Do you need to use an absorbent pad to collect leaking urine?
• Do you wet the bed at night?
• Do you go to the bathroom frequently because you’re afraid of wetting yourself?
• Do you leak urine when you laugh, cough, sneeze, lift or exercise?

The prevention and treatment recommended includes exercises to tone the pelvic and abdominal muscles, biofeedback, electrical stimulation, medications, bladder training, dietary adjustments and surgery.

If you suffer from urinary incontinence we can help. Speak with your physician and request a referral to the Urinary Incontinence Program at Jupiter Medical Center.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (561) 263-5775.