Female Incontinence: Types & Treatments Iowa Women's Health / Urogynecology We at Iowa...
Female Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence is when urine leaks out of the bladder even though you don’t want it be, is a problem for women of all ages.
Some women experience leakage from the urine occurs when they cough while laughing, or during exercise. Women may also experience the sudden desire to use the bathroom and then leak before they reach the toilet. People who have a urine leakage might cease to engage in activities they love. It is possible to be uncomfortable. It is possible to worry about being unable to locate a bathroom in a hurry.
We’ll inquire about your symptoms as well as your health history. This includes birth information and any previous surgeries.
A simple physical exam will be conducted and you might be asked to fill out an account of your bladder where you’ll record the amount of fluid consumed, urine leakage and any discomfort over one or two days. The diary can help identify behavioral that can help improve your symptoms.
Testing to determine Type and Cause for your Incontinence
In some instances the doctor may suggest tests to determine the root the incontinence. The doctor will discuss the tests with you and explain the way they’re done. The tests may include:
- Bladder Capacity Test
- Bladder Stress Test
- Residual Urine Test
Causes of Female Incontinence
Urine leakage can occur at any time and is more frequent as you grow older. The birth of a baby as well as the changes associated with menopause can weaken pelvic floor muscles, which put stress on your bladder. Damage to the nerves caused by conditions such as obesity, multiple sclerosis or diabetes can also result in urine leakage.
Types of Female Incontinence
- Stress Incontinence
- Overactive Bladder
- Overflow Incontinence
- Mixed Urinary Incontinence
Find out in more detail on our Female Urinary Incontinence page.