Urinary Incontinence: What is it?

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Urinary Incontinence: What is it?

Posted on June 3, 2019

What is Urinary Incontinence?

  • Involuntary leakage of urine defined as stress, urge, overflow or mixed
  • Stress incontinence (SUI) is involuntary leakage of urine that occurs with increases in intra-abdominal pressure (e.g. with exertion, sneezing, coughing, laughing) in the absence of a bladder contraction
  • Women with urgency incontinence experience the urge to void immediately preceding or accompanied by involuntary leakage of urine. The amount of leakage ranges from a few drops to completely soaked undergarments.
  • Overflow incontinence typically presents with continuous urinary leakage or dribbling in the setting of incomplete bladder emptying. Associated symptoms can include weak or intermittent urinary stream, hesitancy, frequency, and nocturia.

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Stats in the U.S.

  • 25-65% in community setting, up to 50% of nursing home patients
  • Projected to affect 17% of adult females in U.S. by 2050
  • Estimated annual cost of $12.4 Billion in U.S.

Less than 50% of women with bladder control problems report it to their doctors. Why is it under-reported?

  • Embarrassment
  • Availability of absorbent products
  • Lack of information regarding management options and success rates
  • Low expectations of benefit from reporting

What are the Consequences of Urinary Incontinence?

  • Loss of self-confidence/ self-esteem
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Lack of attention to personal hygiene
  • Reduction in social activities
  • Psychological and functional decline
  • Overall decrease in quality of life

How is it diagnosed?

  • Thorough history and physical (voiding diaries, incontinence questionnaires, medications, impact on quality of life)
  • Physical exam (bladder stress test, postvoid residual, Q-tip test, urinalysis)
  • May need more complex urodynamic testing

Treatment options

  • Key is to assess type and severity of incontinence
  • Pads and protective garments
  • Lifestyle modifications (weight loss, decrease caffeine, smoking cessation)
  • Pelvic floor muscle (Kegel) exercises
  • Biofeedback, vaginal weighted cones, bladder training
  • Topical vaginal estrogen
  • Surgery
  • Transurethral radio-frequency collagen denaturation has been proposed as a minimally invasive device-based intervention to treat urinary incontinence. This is how VOTIVA works – come schedule an appointment/consultation today!

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