Which Type of Urinary Incontinence Do I Have?

Talking about and seeking treatment for urinary incontinence (UI) can feel embarrassing and uncomfortable, but it’s a common problem that affects millions of women (and men).

If you’re experiencing problems with bladder control, often referred to as urinary incontinence, we can help. At Kennesaw Gynecology, our gynecologist Dr. Angel Paas and our staff offer a range of women’s health and wellness services at our office in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Types of urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence causes loss of bladder control. There are three main types of urinary incontinence, including:

Stress incontinence 

This is the most common type of UI among women, and the risk typically increases with age and after childbirth. Stress incontinence causes urine to leak when you put pressure on the bladder during common activities like coughing, laughing, sneezing, jumping, or other strenuous or sudden movements. 

Urge incontinence

With urge incontinence, the need to urinate typically feels like it comes out of nowhere, making it difficult to get to the bathroom in time to avoid urine leakage. Urge incontinence also creates the need to urinate more frequently, making it difficult to sleep through the night or engage in activities without having to stop constantly to go to the bathroom.

Overflow incontinence

With overflow incontinence, the bladder stays partially full even after urination, so you may experience ongoing leaks throughout the day. 

When should I go to the doctor for urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is uncomfortable and embarrassing and can interfere with your normal activities and quality of life. It can also be a sign of an underlying medical condition. If you’re experiencing ongoing bladder control problems, there are several treatment options available to help you get your UI symptoms under control. 

The treatment options for incontinence vary depending on the underlying cause and severity. In some cases, lifestyle modifications like keeping a careful schedule of your fluid intake and bathroom activity can help you to control accidents. 

Non-surgical treatments for urinary incontinence like O-Shot® and V-LASE®, which help to tighten and reinforce loose vaginal tissue. These treatments are available at the Kennesaw Gynecology office. 

After a comprehensive examination and medical history, Dr. Paas will help you find out the type of urinary incontinence you are experiencing and the treatment option that’s right for you.

For more information about the signs, symptoms, and risk factors for urinary incontinence and how we can help, contact Kennesaw Gynecology today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Paas. You may also book an appointment online.

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