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What exactly is urinary incontinence in women?

What exactly is urinary incontinence in women?

Urine leakage: Urinary incontinence (ui) is the unintended loss of urine or urine leakage. The most common types of ui in women are stress (sui) and urge incontinence (uui). Sui is leakage associated w/ physical stress on the bladder, such as cough, sneeze, jump, lifting & causes are weak ligaments and muscles around the bladder opening. Uui occurs with an urge & leakage starts before one is seated on toilet. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Beard
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Incontinence (Definition)

Incontinence denotes involuntary leaks of body wastes from urethra or anus; that from urethra is urinary incontinence, which may be classified as stress, urge, mixed (stress + urge), total, & overflow urinary incontinence, signifying its timing & specifics; that from anus is fecal incontinence, which may be urge, stress, total, etc. reflecting the ...Read more


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Can cystoscopy cause urinary incontinence in women?

Can cystoscopy cause urinary incontinence in women?

No: Cystoscopy is simply a technique to view the inside of the bladder with a video camera. It would not cause incontinence but may be part of the evaluation of incontinence in some patients. ...Read more

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What exactly causes urinary incontinence?

What exactly causes urinary incontinence?

Many factors: Much of incontinence is related to genetic factors. Other common factors include: weak ligaments & muscles due to pregnancy and childbirth, bladder spasms, urinary tract infection, neurologic damage (spinal cord injury, stroke, ms), diabetes, chronic cough chronic heavy lifting, chronic constipation and obesity. ...Read more

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Why do so many women experience urinary incontinence?

Why do so many women experience urinary incontinence?

Whatever do you mean: The real answer to your question is twofold. The female urethra is only 2 inches long & the urethral sphincter is on the wispy side, as sphincters go. When it doesn't work pefectly, stress incontinence, leakage occurring with physical exertion like cough, sneeze, etc occurs. When the bladder itself decides to empty without permission, urge incontinence (overactive bladder) occurs. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a woman to put baby powder in her underwear for urinary incontinence?

Is it safe for a woman to put baby powder in her underwear  for urinary incontinence?

Sure : That is not harmful. A better solution is to get your incontinence fixed. Medication can fix in some cases. Others require a very simple surgery called a urethral sling. ...Read more

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What is d solution to urinary incontinence in a 77 yr old woman? D urine comes without notice and usually at night.

What is d solution to urinary incontinence in a 77 yr old woman? D urine comes without notice and usually at night.

Need to see doc: Incontinence at night in bed in an older woman is usually urge incontinence. The bladder muscles squeezes down to empty urine without the patient wanting that to happen. Can be related to low hormones, infections, prolapse issues, diet, medications, back problems.....Probably needs to be seen by a urogynecologist or urologist. ...Read more

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What is urinary incontinence?

Urine leak: Urinary incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of urine. There are many forms. It can be a drop or a spurt of urine loss with physical activity, such as cough, jump, lift or even getting up out of chair= stress incontinence. Getting an urge to urinate and leaking before you get to the toilet is known as urge incontinence, a form of overactive bladder (oab). ...Read more

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How can I stop urinary incontinence?

How can I stop urinary incontinence?

See a gynecologist: Urinary incontinence is very common and there are many treatments available. The treatment depends on the cause of the leaking. Newer treatment available over the last few years are highly successful. Your gynecologist can do the necessary testing or refer you to someone who can more completely evaluate your symptoms. ...Read more

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How is urinary incontinence fully treated?

How is urinary incontinence fully treated?

Depends: Depends on the cause and type of incontinence. I recommend further evaluation by urologist, urogynecologist, gynecologist or primary physician. There are many non surgical and surgical options. In addition can consider pelvic physical therapy. Once again, this all depends on type and cause of incontinence and it should be evaluated further. www.voicesforpfd.org ...Read more

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Dr. Denise Elser
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Urine Leaking (Definition)

Urinary incontinence is a condition in which there is a loss of bladder control. It ranges from occasionally leaking urine when coughing or sneezing, to urinating before making it to the bathroom in time. Simply lifestyle changes or medical treatment can often ...Read more


Dr. Jon Ahlstrom
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Leaking Urine (Definition)

Urinary (or bladder) incontinence is when you are not able to keep urine from leaking from your urethra, the tube that carries urine out of your body from your bladder. This is common late in pregnancy when the baby is large and pressing ...Read more