Female Urinary Incontinence

Female urinary incontinence is leaking of urine that you can’t control. The loss of urine control can have a significant impact on your physical, emotional, and social well being. While many people think that urinary incontinence is just a part of getting older – it is not, and it can be managed or treated. There are different types of urinary incontinence.

Stress incontinence is when urine leaks with coughing, sneezing, laughing, or physical activity.

Urge incontinence is when a sudden, strong urge to urinate results in urine leakage before you are able to get to the toilet.

While one type of urinary incontinence may predominate, often people will have a combination of both. The management of your urinary incontinence depends on which type predominates. The physicians at Athens Area Urology will determine the type and severity of your incontinence and work with you to decide a management strategy that is suited to you. Some people will require more extensive evaluation using urodynamics. While urge incontinence is often treated initially with pelvic floor exercises plus or minus medications, refractory cases may benefit from a procedure.