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Female Incontinence – A Little Leakage is Normal, Right?

If you’re like so many others who think female incontinence only strikes middle age to older women, especially those who’ve had babies, think again.

Studies show even younger women, (who’ve never had children) can suffer from incontinence. Just look at some of the newer incontinence product commercials using much younger celebrities and actors. Gone are the days of just grandma and grandpa needing these garments to get through a game of golf or a day with the grand kids.  Younger women are also living with this condition and many are too embarrassed to seek treatment.

Here’s what you should know about female incontinence. By definition, incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine. The urologists at Urology Austin classify incontinence by its symptoms or the circumstances in which is occurs.  The most common type of incontinence is stress incontinence. Of course, this happens during the most inopportune times — physical activities like walking, aerobic exercise or even sneezing or coughing.

The other type of incontinence is urge incontinence or overactive bladder. This is when a person has an uncontrollable urge to urinate but can’t get to the restroom in time.

But there’s good news: Many treatments are available that provide effective solutions to this often embarrassing problem.  They may include:

  • Behavioral changes
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Pelvic Floor (Kegel) exercises
  • Medication
  • Medical Devices
  • Surgery

For more information about female incontinence, contact Urology Austin.

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