Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine at a time that is neither convenient nor socially acceptable. Take this quiz to see if you may have a significant problem with your bladder.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need to know that there is help available. Many people are embarrassed about their condition and do not seek help when there is usually something that can be done to correct the problem. Some turn to absorbent materials and supportive aids without their condition being properly diagnosed and treated. It is very important to understand that incontinence is not a natural part of aging and that the vast majority of patients can be treated and/or cured.
Baptist provides high quality evaluation and compassionate treatment for all types of urinary incontinence. There are many different types of incontinence, some of which are temporary and some that are more permanent. Even of the more "permanent" forms of incontinence, many can be managed, improved significantly or cured. Urinary incontinence is a common problem that anyone can suffer from regardless of age.
Stress incontinence is the most common type of incontinence. Leakage usually occurs during coughing, laughing, sneezing, exercising or when an activity puts pressure on the bladder. Stress incontinence in women is most commonly associated with a previous history of childbirth.
Overflow incontinence is when there is constant or frequent small amounts of leakage of urine from a bladder that does not empty. As the bladder remains full, the muscle stretches as more urine accumulates in the bladder. Over time, the muscles become less effective at contracting to empty the urine. Other conditions, such as diabetes, may cause the bladder to not empty completely and cause these symptoms. Certain medications, such as over the counter cold and hay fever pills, may also have this effect.
Urge incontinence is another common type of incontinence, characterized by the sudden sensation to urinate and the inability to control that urgency, resulting in the loss of urine. The urge to urinate happens suddenly and there is often little or no warning time for the person. Urge incontinence is common in the elderly, but can happen in younger people. This form of incontinence may be associated with other medical conditions such as diabetes, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis.
Reflex incontinence is another less common form of incontinence and is usually related to spinal cord injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, or other neurological disease. These patients have a hyperactive urinary bladder that just contracts by reflex. Many of these patients have no voluntary control of urination.
Total incontinence is often related to severe anatomic problems such as fistula (an abnormal communication between the bladder and the outside world), or from multiple previous surgeries with resultant scarring of the bladder outlet and sphincter mechanism. Many patients with total incontinence have multiple causes and, therefore, multi-modality treatment is often indicated.
Board certified physician specialists on staff at Baptist provide a complete range of treatments for urinary incontinence in both women and men. These physicians provide treatment services in a number of settings and locations. To learn more about their programs and where they are offered, use these links:
The Continence Clinic at Baptist Medical Center
Mississippi Urology Clinic
Southeast Urogynecology at The Women's Specialty Center
The Woman's Clinic
If you would like to become a patient at Baptist, the first step is seeing one of our physicians. You can request a referral by using our online referral form, or by calling the Baptist Health Line at 601-948-6262 or 1-800-948-6262. There is no charge to request a physician referral. Health Line hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST.
Request a physician referral online.
If you still have questions about incontinence and how it is treated at Baptist, please call our Health Line. Nurses and other professionals there can help you decide your next steps. Call 601-948-6262 or 1-800-948-6262. Or to send a question online, use the Contact Us link.
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