Urinary incontinence is any leakage of urine or loss of bladder control. In the United States, millions of women suffer from urinary incontinence, and its devastating and embarrassing side effects. Billions of dollars are spent on incontinence protection each year.
The two most common types of urinary incontinence are stress incontinence and overactive bladder. Stress incontinence is caused by a weakening of the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body. Women with stress incontinence commonly have urine leakage when they laugh, cough, walk, pick up a heavy object or engage in other exertional activities.
Women with overactive bladder, or urge incontinence, often feel a strong need to go to the bathroom but an inability to get there in time. Other symptoms include urinary frequency and the need to urinate several times during the night. Some women with urge incontinence loose urine when they hear running water, change position, or put their key in the door. Overactive bladder is caused by unexpected contractions of the bladder muscle.
The two types of urinary incontinence are treatable ailments however they are treated differently. It is important to obtain an accurate diagnosis from an expert in the field in order to ensure the proper treatment.