When you leak urine, it's called incontinence, and it's more common than people think. Unfortunately, many people are too embarrassed to get help. However, you should know that help is available.
Urinary incontinence is not a natural part of aging. It can happen at any age and can be caused by different problems. Many of these causes are short-term and can be managed with specific treatment. Short-term causes of incontinence can be infections, constipation or effects of medication.
Incontinence can also be caused by chronic conditions, such as:
- Weakness of the muscles that hold the bladder in place.
- Overactive bladder muscles.
- Blockage of the urethra by an enlarged prostate.
In almost every case, these conditions can be treated. If you have a problem, the first step is to talk to your doctor. Treatments vary with each specific case. However, treatments may include medication, surgery, behavior management and a physical therapy exercise program. We also provide pelvic floor rehab. The use of biofeedback for muscle retraining is often used as well.