Urinary Incontinence

Introduction

Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine. Millions of women experience it each year. Some women may lose a few drops of urine while coughing, sneezing, laughing, during exercise, even during sexual activity. Others may feel a strong, sudden urge to urinate but may leak a large amount of urine before reaching the bathroom. Some women experience a combination of both of these. In addition, there are other types of incontinence which are detailed below. 

Due to the risk of public embarrassment, many women alter their lifestyles, choosing not to participate in the things they normally enjoy. Many women also choose to ignore their symptoms and refuse to discuss incontinence with their providers. Regardless of your type of incontinence, UT Urogynecology can quickly investigate, diagnose and treat it with care and compassion.

Does Everyone Need Surgery for Incontinence?

No, absolutely not.  No single treatment is available to treat all types of incontinence.  While surgery is warranted in some patients, many patients never require a surgical repair.  More conservative therapies, including pelvic floor physical therapy (Kegel exercise), control of medical conditions, weight loss, medications and pessaries can be used to control leakage.

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