That feeling of having to go to the bathroom, the sudden realization that you’re not going to make it in time — this can make the strongest of women feel embarassed, but there is truly nothing to be ashamed of. If you’re dealing with urinary incontinence, our women’s health clinic has the compassion, experience, and care to help you out, and to help you realize you are not alone.

Because of its intimate nature, urinary incontinence is a much more common problem than people realize. In fact, the American Urological Association reports that one-quarter to one-third of Americans (men and women) experience some form of urinary incontinence. This percentage increases for women in particular—approximately 30 percent of women between the ages of 30-60 experience urinary incontinence in some way.

But all not cases of urinary incontinence are the same. In this blog, the Jacksonville GYN team at Neuman GYN will outline the various types of urinary incontinence. By understanding the cause of your incontinence, you’ll have a much easier time finding treatment and solutions for your problem.

Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence, the most common type of urinary incontinence, is caused by a physical stress reaction in the body. For example, a sudden cough, sneeze, or laugh could put pressure on the bladder and cause the unintentional release of urine. Exercise and heavy lifting (like moving furniture) could also cause unwanted urination. This type of incontinence is very common amongst women who have given birth or gone through menopause.

For stress incontinence treatment, many gynecologists and general physicians will recommend pelvic floor exercises (also known as Kegel exercises) to improve the strength of the urinary sphincter and pelvic floor muscles that control the body’s ability to urinate.

Urge Incontinence

More commonly known as “overactive bladder,” urge incontinence is the second most common form of urinary incontinence. If you have this type of incontinence, you’re subject to sudden, uncontrollable urges to urinate created by an involuntary contraction of the muscular wall of the bladder. There’s very little time to put off urination in these circumstances, which is why urge incontinence can be very inconvenient and frustrating for those who deal with it. Urge incontinence episodes are often caused by changing from lying to sitting or sitting to standing, sexual activity and orgasm, and for some people, the sound of running water.

Treatment for urge incontinence can combine any or all of the following:

  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Behavioral techniques, like scheduled bathroom trips and double voiding
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Medication
  • Medical devices
  • Interventional injection therapy
  • Surgery
  • Catheters

If you’re experiencing signs of urge incontinence, there’s no need to suffer and deal with the urges. Talk to your GYN to find solutions that are right for your situation.

Overflow Incontinence

As an issue that’s more common in men than women, overflow incontinence is caused by the body producing more urine than the bladder can hold. It can also be due to the bladder being unable to empty itself completely after urination, which can lead to urinary leakage. This condition is commonly accompanied by a “dribbling” or dripping of urine from the urethra. For men and women, bladder damage could be leading cause of overflow incontinence—but for men specifically, it could be a sign of an enlarged prostate gland, which can obstruct the path from bladder to the urethra.

For men with an enlarged prostate, alpha-adrenergic blocker medications are needed to shrink the prostate gland and take pressure off the bladder. For women with rare cases of overflow incontinence, strengthening of the bladder muscles is needed.

Visit Your Jacksonville GYN

If you believe you might be experiencing problems with urinary incontinence of any kind, it’s time to talk to a compassionate health professional at Neuman GYN. Our experienced gynecologists and staff members can help you find the right treatments for your urinary incontinence so you can live a happier, healthier life. Schedule an appointment with Neuman GYN today.