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Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the loss of urine control, or the inability to hold your urine until you can reach a restroom. Approximately 25 million adult Americans experience temporary or chronic urinary incontinence. Women over age 50 are the most likely to develop urinary incontinence. What treatments are available for urinary incontinence? Dr. Arielle Allen, Urogynecology, explains.
Hi. My name is Arielle Allen and I am a fellowship trained urogynecologist and I treat a lot of female pelvic disorders including urinary incontinence. There are several different forms of urinary incontinence. The two most common forms of urinary incontinence that I see in my practice are urge urinary incontinence and stress urinary incontinence. Urge urinary incontinence is when a woman cannot quite make to the bathroom in time. She'll feel a sudden urge to go to the bathroom and will rush to the bathroom and sometimes not make it in time. A woman with these problems will also have urinary urgency urinary frequency and sometimes nocturia which is where she who wakes up two or more times at night to go to the bathroom. This is a very common disorder up to fifty percent of women over the age of 50 do suffer from this on a daily basis. This is something I see very commonly in my practice. There are different treatment options that can be done for this problem. Some of them are medications. Some of them are in office procedures. There are some surgical procedures that I can perform as well for this problem. It's all about increasing your quality of life and if you suffer from something like this he should probably talk to your physician about it. Urologists and urogynecologists do treat this on a daily basis can provide a lot of the answers for your questions. The other most common form of urinary incontinence that I see is stress urinary incontinence. This is when a woman leaks a little bit of urine and when she coughs, laughs, or sneezes. Or whenever there's any kind of increase in intra-abdominal pressure such as during exercise or jumping on trampoline. If you do suffer from this there are several different treatment options that I can provide as well. Some of these are also medications, in-office procedures and surgical procedures. So again if you suffer from some of these issues during the day or night you need to talk to your physician about it because there are a lot of things that we can do for these problems. If you have any questions just ask your physician. Thank you.

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