If you’re avoiding activities you love, because you’re afraid you might lose control of your bladder, it’s likely you suffer from a common condition called urinary incontinence. No, you’re not just “getting old” and no, surgery isn’t the only solution.
Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. There are two main types:
- Stress incontinence occurs during certain activities like coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercise.
- Urge incontinence involves a strong sudden urge followed by instant bladder contraction and involuntary loss of urine.
- Do you usually have a strong sense of urgency to urinate?
- Do you have difficulty starting your urine stream?
- Have you been treated for three or more urinary infections?
- Do you lose urine while coughing, laughing, sneezing, lifting or running?
- Does the loss of urine affect your quality of life?
*If you answered “yes” to any one of these questions, talk to your medical provider about options.