Urinary incontinence can happen to all of us, especially as we age. But just because it’s common doesn’t mean the symptoms of sudden or unexpected urination are any less unpleasant. Whether your symptoms are caused by aging, childbirth, diabetes or something else, MultiCare Urology has the professional care you need to address the problem.
There are several different types of urinary incontinence. Three common types include:
Some people experience a mix of different types of incontinence.
Sometimes minor urinary incontinence can happen after a surgery or because of a urinary tract infection. Certain medications can also make incontinence more likely, but more often, it is related to aging or a medical condition. Some causes and risk factors include:
After a physical exam and intake of your medical history, your provider will likely request blood work and urinalysis to rule out other possible causes of your incontinence. In some cases, you may be asked to do a “cough stress test” or a bladder emptying test to see how well your urinary tract functions. Although it can be awkward to discuss an embarrassing condition like incontinence with your urologist, it’s important to be honest about all your symptoms and their severity to ensure you get the best diagnosis.
In some cases, urinary incontinence can be treated with minor lifestyle changes, like limiting caffeine and alcohol, quitting smoking, losing weight and strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. If lifestyle changes do not help, you may benefit from other surgical and nonsurgical treatments.
At MultiCare Urology, our team can help you find a treatment that works to improve your quality of life.