Urinary incontinence is the inability to control the release of urine from your bladder. It is a common and often embarrassing problem. The severity of urinary incontinence ranges from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that is so sudden and strong that you do not get to a toilet in time.
There are various types of urinary incontinence which include:
Urinary incontinence can be caused by underlying medical conditions or physical problems. Some temporary causes of urinary incontinence include alcohol, excessive fluid intake, caffeine, medications, urinary tract infection or constipation.
Treatment will depend on the type of urinary incontinence, the severity and the underlying cause. Necessary tests will be performed to clearly understand the specific cause of incontinence. This will include:
Treatment options for urinary incontinence range from more conservative approaches, to more aggressive options, such as surgery. In most cases, the least invasive treatments will be suggested first before moving on to other options only if these techniques fail. In many cases, a combination of treatments will be used.