Urinary incontinence (UI) is defined as the involuntary loss of urine. One out of three women over the age of 45, and almost half of all women over age 65, experience stress urinary incontinence. This can be caused by pregnancy, childbirth, trauma, radiation, obesity, aging, and prior pelvic surgery, including hysterectomy.
There are five types of urinary incontinence. You may experience symptoms of more than one type:
- Stress incontinence – Leaking urine during a physical activity such as laughing, lifting, exercising, sneezing and coughing.
- Urge incontinence – Experiencing an overwhelming need to urinate—even if you just went—but being unable to hold it long enough to reach a toilet.
- Mixed incontinence – A combination of stress and urge incontinence.
- Overflow incontinence – Leaking urine because your bladder never completely empties.
- Functional incontinence – A weakening in the function of the lower urinary tract.
Overactive bladder is a common condition in which a woman feels a sudden and frequent urge to urinate. The urge may be difficult to control and often results in the involuntary loss of urine, a condition known as incontinence. Symptoms of overactive bladder include:
- Urgent need to urinate
- Frequent need to urinate
- Leakage of urine
- The need to get up at least twice during the night to urinate
An overactive bladder can severely impact your quality of life and should not be considered a normal part of aging. At WHC-OBGYN, we provide treatment options that can help you resume your normal activity.