If you find yourself barely making it to the bathroom in time or leaking whenever you cough sneeze, you’re not alone.
There are several types of incontinence: stress incontinence is caused by weak muscles in the pelvic floor or a weak sphincter muscle at the neck of the bladder. This weakness causes the bladder or bowels to leak during exercise, coughing, sneezing, laughing or any body movement that puts pressure on the bladder. In women, stress incontinence is often caused by physical changes in the body, including pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause.
As the name suggests, urge incontinence is when you get a sudden, intense urge to urinate and sometimes it leaks before you can reach the restroom. Urge incontinence may be caused by a minor condition, such as infection, or a more severe condition such as a neurologic disorder or diabetes.
Many people have symptoms of both stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
At Forum Health, we have a variety of methods to successfully urinary incontinence — so you can go back to a normal, functional life, without worry.