Urinary incontinence is a common problem in women, one that women rarely talk about or discuss with their doctors. The main types of urinary incontinence are stress, urge, overflow, functional and mixed urinary incontinence.
Leaky bladder is most commonly due to relaxation of the urethral angle, hypersensitivity of the bladder muscles, or a mixed picture of both.
Some women have medical conditions that cause urinary incontinence such as Diabetes, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, and other autoimmune or neurological problems that affect the bladder. Some medications used to treat high blood pressure may cause or worsen urinary problems in women.
It is important to discuss your health history on symptoms you are having with your doctor to help identify the root cause.
Having the urge to pee frequently
Waking up at night to pee a lot
Leaking urine with activity
Feeling a sudden urge to pee
Not able to reach the bathroom in time
Treatment of urinary incontinence depends on the underlying cause. Treatment may involve lifestyle changes, medications and microsurgery. Kegel exercises can help relieve or decrease symptoms. Instillation of specific cocktails can be used to treat urge incontinence while specific injection procedures to the urethral angle can be used to treat stress incontinence. Collagen induction treatments using laser, radiofrequency alone or combined with filler injection, and biofeedback may produce optimal benefits.