Which Type of Urinary Incontinence Do I Have?

If you feel embarrassed or self-conscious talking about incontinence, you’re not alone. About 40% of women over the age of 65 experience incontinence, according to the US Office of Health and Human Services. That’s about 4 out of every 10 women! Women over 65 aren’t the only ones affected. Pregnancy and childbirth can increase the risk of urine leaks, too.

You don’t need to live with embarrassing leaks. At Lady’s Care Center, compassionate gynecologist Dr. Ladynez Espinal can help you get relief from incontinence

Treatment for urinary incontinence depends on which type of urinary incontinence you have and the intensity of your symptoms. Continue reading to learn about the three different types of incontinence. 

Urge incontinence

This type of incontinence is also called urgency incontinence because of the sudden urgency you have to use the restroom. You might have this type of incontinence if you: 

This type of incontinence can be problematic and make it difficult for you to enjoy outings. 

Stress incontinence 

If coughing, sneezing, and even laughing cause urine leaks, you might be dealing with stress incontinence. Stress incontinence is defined as urine leaks that occur when “stress” is put on your bladder. Stress incontinence can be particularly embarrassing in social situations.

Mixed incontinence

While stress incontinence is the most common form of incontinence, it’s possible to have both. This is called mixed incontinence. If you have this type of incontinence, you might notice:

Regardless of which type of incontinence you have, it can keep you from enjoying social outings. Some women wear pantyliners or pads to help reduce accidents, but treatment can help reduce social embarrassment and get you the relief you need.

Treating incontinence

Physical therapy exercises are one of the most frequently recommended treatments for incontinence. Physical therapy exercises, which include Kegels, help reduce urine leakage by strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. 

Depending on the type of incontinence you have and the severity of your symptoms, Dr. Espinal may suggest Voltiva treatments, an advanced radiofrequency therapy that promotes collagen production. An O-Shot is another non-surgical option for treating incontinence. 

Get the relief you need

When you’re struggling with incontinence, it can be frustrating to find the right solution. Whether you are interested in a non-surgical option like the O-Shot — or considering surgery — Dr. Espinal can walk you through all of your options.

If you’re ready to talk about your options and say goodbye to incontinence, give us a call. Call our Miramar, Florida clinic at 954-372-1653 or request an appointment online.

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