June 28th, 2013
Have you ever noticed that you leaked urine when you were lifting something very heavy or when you coughed or sneezed?
If you experienced any of the above, you may be suffering from “female urinary incontinence”. If you are suffering from female urinary incontinence, you are not alone: 51 million women all over the world suffer from this problem (17 million in US alone).
Female urinary incontinence (FUI), or urinary incontinence in general, is an involuntarily loss of urine. Majority of cases of female urinary incontinence are based on treatable condition, but it’s under reported as well.
Most common types of female urinary incontinence are stress urinary incontinence and urge urinary incontinence. If FUI involves both types, then it is referred to as mixed type urinary incontinence.
If FUI involves the stress type, it is mostly caused by pelvic structure damage during birth and consequent loss of urethral support.
If FUI is an urge type, it is due to uninhibited contrition of the bladder muscle which squeezes urine out of the bladder.
Your urologist or gynecologist will be able to diagnose the type of FUI based on history, physical examination, ultrasound studies, urodynamic studies and further tests which may include urine analysis, stress test, blood analysis, etc.
The treatment options range from conservative treatment, behavior management, bladder retraining, pelvic floor therapy, medications and surgery. The success of treatment depends on the correct diagnoses in the first place.
If you are suffering from female urinary incontinence, please do not be ashamed to consult with your urologist for the right diagnosis and proper treatment which in many cases is able to alleviate or completely cure your suffering.
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