FEMALE INCONTINENCE

FEMALE STRESS, MIXED INCONTINENCE, & URGE (OAB)

INCONTINENCE CAN AFFECT YOUR LIFE

If you have STRESS or URGE Incontinence, it can affect your exercise, intimacy, social life, sleep, and work. You may feel depressed, embarrassed, and isolated for fear of being too far from a bathroom when in public or fear of smelling like urine. It’s also the number one reason why women are admitted to nursing homes.

KEY STATISTICS

At least 40% of women experience some type of Overactive Bladder (OAB). The number is most likely much larger because many people don’t ask their health care provider for help or even talk about it. Urinary Incontinence can happen at any age, but it is especially common in older adults. However, it should never be considered a normal part of the aging process.

“My OAB was debilitating. I could never leave the house for more than an hour. PRP changed my life…now I actually have one!”

SYMPTOMS OF OAB

Overactive Bladder (OAB) is a series of muscle contractions in the wall of the bladder. The bladder nerves increase in sensitivity, become ‘overactive’ and the URGE to urinate is difficult to control.

Feeling the URGE to go even if you just went, leaking urine, though you try your best to hold it in, urinating more than eight times a day, and waking up at least twice a night are all signs of OAB.

SYMPTOMS OF SUI

STRESS Urinary Incontinence (SUI) is caused by weak pelvic floor muscles that surround the bladder and urethra. The symptoms of STRESS Incontinence include leakage when coughing, during a physical activity, laughing, or sneezing.

Mixed Incontinence is a combination of STRESS and URGE Incontinence. Wearing adult diapers or pads suddenly becomes a daily routine, and sadly, most women think this is normal.

UNDERSTAND YOUR OPTIONS

  Behavioral Therapy – lifestyle changes, including bladder training, diet, & Kegel exercises.
  Devices – pelvic floor stimulator, ie; Apex M.
  Medications – block nerve signals (side effects).
  Nerve Stimulators – deliver electrical impulses to the bladder nerves; placed under the skin in the lower back.
  Onabotulinumtoxin A – bladder injections every three months that decrease overactivity.
  Surgery – a bladder mesh sling for SUI.

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO SEEK HELP

Don’t let myths prevent you from getting help. OAB and STRESS Incontinence are not a normal part of getting older. There are treatments that can help, even if your symptoms are minimal.

“I was getting up 3 times a night to use the bathroom. After my first PRP procedure a year ago, I’ve been sleeping through the night.”