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Incontinence is the leaking of urine or stool — and it is more common than you might think. Millions of women struggle silently with it, thinking it is only a small amount, or that it is normal with age or following childbirth.

Urinary Incontinence
"Normal"
  • Daily voids = 7 or less
  • Nighttime voids = 1 or less
  • Urgency = 0-1 out of 5 dependent on fluid intake
Overactive Bladder (OAB)
  • Frequency of urination
  • Urgency of urination
  • Nocturia (nighttime voids)
  • With or without leaking urine

Bowel Incontinence
Bowel incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements. There are several causes, including chronic constipation, nerve or muscle damage, and past surgical procedures. Our specialists can determine the cause and find the best treatment plan for you.
 

What Causes Bladder or Bowel Incontinence?
Incontinence can happen at any age. Many times it is temporary and can be managed with simple treatment. Causes include weak pelvic floor muscles, involuntary bladder contractions, hormone imbalance, urinary tract infections, or constipation.


What Are Some Types and Common Symptoms?

  •  Stress: leakage caused by coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercise, pregnancy, or weight gain.
  • Urge: inability to hold urine once a strong urge is felt.
  • Overflow: frequent loss of small amounts of urine from incomplete emptying.
  • Functional: inability to reach the toilet in time.
  • Combination: many people have more than one type of incontinence.

Facts About Bladder/Bowel Incontinence
  • 85 percent of those with urinary incontinence are women.
  • OAB is more common than Type 2 diabetes.
  • Fecal incontinence is more common than asthma.
  • Incontinence is not normal at ANY age.
  • Incontinence is treatable.
  • Incontinence can be stopped or decreased in almost everyone.

 

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