We’ve all seen the commercials and heard the jokes about women who are constantly running to the bathroom. However, for millions of women, urinary incontinence is a real condition and one that isn’t funny at all. Losing urine when they cough, laugh, run, or jump can be mildly annoying or life altering depending on the severity of the condition.
Urinary incontinence comes in many forms and affects women in many different ways. Some will have an urgency sensation before losing urine and others will have no warning at all. Because of the way a woman’s body is created, women are more prone to urinary incontinence than men. Pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause can cause changes in the female anatomy that damage the nerves and muscles that begin or stop the flow of urine.
The specific kind of urinary incontinence that a woman has will determine the symptoms she experiences and influence the type of treatment recommended by her physician. Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine in Katy, TX, has been diagnosing and treating women who are suffering from urinary incontinence for many years. Below, he explains some of the common types of the condition:
- Stress incontinence occurs when urine leaks when a woman coughs, sneezes, runs, or performs any activity that puts pressure on the bladder. This type of incontinence occurs because of physical changes in a woman’s body during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or menopause. This form of incontinence is very common and can be managed with the help of Dr. Jenkins.
- An overactive bladder causes a woman to need to urinate much more frequently than normal. This can occur due to a miscommunication between the nerves and leads to lack of sleep as the person’s sleep is often interrupted for trips to the bathroom every night.
- Urge incontinence, or the strong, sudden need to urinate, is also due to abnormal nerves.
- Finally, transient incontinence which includes the sudden need to urinate and often feeling the urge to urinate but being unable to pass urine, is caused by an underlying conditions such as a bladder or urinary tract infection. In this case, treatment is a simple round of antibiotics.
For more information about urinary incontinence or other urology-related disorders, call the office of Dr. Jenkins today.
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