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Incontinence is the accidental loss of urine. About 15% of women experience this problem at some point. Fortunately, it’s treatable and reversible.
Your doctor might recommend managing symptoms with these habits.
Maintain a healthy weight with diet and exercise. Excess weight puts pressure on your bladder.
You don’t have to live with incontinence for the rest of your life. Treatment options include:
Sacral nerve stimulation uses an implanted device to activate the nerve above your tailbone that controls the bladder. An in-office procedure can check if this controls your symptoms. If it works, a doctor can put the device in your body during a minor surgical procedure. Tibial nerve stimulation uses a thin needle in the doctor’s office to stimulate a nerve on the inside of the ankle, which connects to the sacral nerve and helps control the bladder.
If surgery is your best treatment option, your urogynecologist will recommend the right procedure for you. The most common treatment is a minimally invasive procedure using vaginal tape. It supports the urethra to help prevent urine loss when you cough or move a lot.
Temporary causes of incontinence include:
In these cases, lifestyle changes can often relieve symptoms. Other causes of incontinence include:
There’s no need to feel embarrassed. Doctors see patients like you often. At your appointment, bring up your concerns in a way that’s comfortable to you. Try using words like, “I’m concerned because there have been several times when I couldn’t control my bladder. What do you recommend?” or “I think I use the restroom too frequently. Is there a way to treat that?”
Incontinence may make you start avoiding exercise and social situations. Continual exposure to urine can result in skin rashes and infections. Some incontinence is caused by urinary tract obstructions, which can harm your kidneys if not treated. Bottom line: It’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor.
Talk to a care navigator or schedule an appointment at the Women’s Health & Wellness Center.