Urinary Incontinence in Women
- Urinary incontinence (UI) in women facts*
- What is urinary incontinence?
- What are the types of urinary incontinence?
- How is incontinence evaluated?
- How is incontinence treated?
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Urinary incontinence (UI) in women facts
*Urinary incontinence (UI) in men facts Medically Edited by: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
- The definition of urinary incontinence in women is the unintentional loss of urine.
- Urinary incontinence occurs more often in women than in men. Pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause may contribute to urinary incontinence in women.
- Weak bladder muscles, overactive bladder muscles, and nerve damage may also cause urinary incontinence in women.
- Urinary incontinence in women is common and treatable.
- There are different types of urinary incontinence in women, including stress incontinence, urge incontinence, overactive bladder, functional incontinence, overflow incontinence, mixed incontinence, and transient incontinence.
- Diagnosis of urinary incontinence in women may involve a physical exam, an ultrasound, urodynamic testing, and tests including cystoscopy, urinalysis, and a bladder stress test. The doctor will also take a medical history and may recommend keeping a bladder diary.
- Treatment of urinary incontinence in women may include behavioral or nonpharmacologic treatments, like bladder training and Kegel exercises, medication, biofeedback, neuromodulation, surgery, catheterization, or a combination of these therapies.
- Research is ongoing to discover new and better treatments for urinary incontinence in women.
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