Female Bladder Leakage and Urinary Incontinence in Women
Urinary incontinence in women is a common complaint and may have a profound negative impact on a woman’s quality of life. One out of four women over the age of 18 experiences some bladder leakage. Unfortunately, this number may increase with many factors such as age and childbearing.
Types of Urinary Incontinence
There are three main types of incontinence:
- Stress incontinence – Leakage with cough or sneeze often due to prolapse or pelvic floor changes
- Urge incontinence – Over active bladder muscle
- Mixed incontinence – Both stress and urge issues
Approved Treatments for Female Urinary Incontinence
There are many approved treatment options for all three types of urinary incontinence. This may range from medications to physical therapy to surgery. There are even newer options for non-surgical treatments done at home for many patients, such as the InTone Device.
The important thing to know is that a woman does not have to “put up” with bladder leakage and should not be afraid to discuss these symptoms with her medical provider. An evaluation in the office can help determine the type of incontinence to tailor the treatment for each individual patient.