Urinary Incontinence FAQs

What are the types of urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence generally falls into three categories:

  • Overflow incontinence – The bladder fills, doesn’t empty, and reaches its capacity and then the patient leaks urine more or less on a continuous basis.
  • Stress incontinence – This type is usually associated with leaking urine with activity such as lifting, coughing, or running.
  • Urge incontinence – This type is caused by a bladder contraction that occurs when the patient is not trying to empty their bladder.

What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is also known as loss of bladder control. It is not a disease, but rather a part of aging or changes in the body.

Who has issues with urinary incontinence?

The Cleveland Clinic says that between 13 and 17 million Americans have loss of bladder control. It is more common in women, almost half of all women in the US say they have urinary incontinence of some degree.

Why am I experiencing urinary incontinence after giving birth?

Experiencing loss of bladder control after giving birth is common. Your pelvic muscles weaken after childbirth, causing less bladder control.

Is it common to experience urinary incontinence after menopause?

Yes, it is common for women to experience loss of bladder control after menopause. The urethral lining thins after menopause, causing urinary incontinence.

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