Do you leak a bit of urine every time you cough, sneeze, exercise, or laugh? You aren’t alone. Urinary incontinence (UI), or the involuntary leakage of urine, affects approximately 1 out of every 4 women over the age of 45. Many people think urinary incontinence is just part of getting older. But it’s not. Under the expert care of your physician at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare, incontinence can be prevented, better managed, and even cured.
Urinary incontinence is a loss of bladder control that is commonly seen in older adults and women who have given birth or gone through menopause. When you have incontinence, you may experience occasional urine leakage or the complete inability to control urination.
Passing urine frequently and the urgent need to pass urine are the most common incontinence symptoms. Other symptoms include:
Although women can experience urinary incontinence during their life, the frequency of UI tends to occur more often in women who are pregnant, giving birth or going through menopause.
Depending on the type of incontinence you have, your doctor may recommend one of the following treatments:
Urinary incontinence is not just a medical problem; it can take a toll on you emotionally, psychologically, and socially. If you’re tired of being embarrassed by unexpected bladder leaks, know that you don’t have to live life like that any longer. The physicians at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare can diagnose and treat your urinary incontinence issues and help restore your quality of life. Schedule your appointment by contacting our office online, through MyOchsner, or by phone (225) 201-2010.