Do you have to leave a great shoe sale to find a bathroom? And find it quickly?
Do you worry about your bladder leaking when you cough during a meeting or while running errands? You may have a very common problem among women—urinary incontinence (UI).
Urinary incontinence is nothing to be embarrassed about. Millions of women experience involuntary loss of urine. You may lose a few drops throughout the day or you may feel a sudden, strong urge before normal urination. Some women experience both. It can occur during sexual activity and cause great emotional distress.
The good news is that urinary incontinence is very treatable. Many primary care providers can treat mild bladder control problems. But if your provider dismisses your symptoms or tells you that UI is an inevitable part of aging, ask to be referred to a urologist
. New treatments may solve your problem.
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You may have sudden urges to urinate without a leaking loss of urine. This condition is called an overactive bladder
. Talk to your doctor. An overactive bladder can be the result of an underlying medical condition. There are new medications to help prevent the condition from ruling your life.
Another common condition among women are urinary tract infections
— an infection anywhere in the urinary system.
More than half of women will have at least one urinary tract infection in their lifetime. Frequent infections or ones that spread to your kidneys may require the attention of a urologist