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Incontinence, a Very Common and Treatable Condition

If you’re experiencing a few isolated incidents of urinary incontinence or are getting up at night to pass your urine, there’s no need to be concerned. As you age, these conditions are to be expected.

But when the problem causes you to refrain from being with friends for fear you’ll have an embarrassing accident, or you’re avoiding physical activity or intimacy, it’s time to have your symptoms evaluated. Other complaints can include the feeling that you can’t empty your bladder well or you sense the need to urinate but can’t.

Making time to see your doctor is the right choice because sometimes diabetes or kidney disease lurk underneath your symptoms.

The rates of urinary incontinence increase with age 20-30% of young women, 30-40% of middle-aged women, and up to 50% of older women.

No Need to Put Up With It

After ruling out serious disease, Dr. Miller will recommend treatment depending on the type of incontinence you are experiencing. He may suggest a combination of treatments, ranging from bladder training to medication, devices, injections, or surgery. More than likely he will begin with the least invasive treatments first and move on to other options only if they are needed.

Some treatments for incontinence include:

  • Bladder training and voiding techniques
  • Reducing fluids
  • Pelvic floor exercises, known as Kegels
  • Injections
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Medication
  • Surgery