Urinary incontinence is a condition in which a person involuntarily leaks urine. It is a common problem, particularly in women, and can be caused by a range of factors, including age, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and other medical conditions.
There are two main types of urinary incontinence:
Urinary incontinence can cause a range of problems, including:
There are several treatment options available for urinary incontinence, including:
- Lifestyle changes: Making changes to your lifestyle, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, avoiding bladder irritants, and performing pelvic floor exercises, can help alleviate symptoms.
- Medications: There are several medications available that can help manage the symptoms of urinary incontinence.
- Surgical options:
- TVT (tension-free vaginal tape): This is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that helps support the bladder and urethra, reducing the risk of leakage.
- Laparoscopic Burch colposuspension: This is a surgical procedure that involves lifting and supporting the bladder neck using your own tissues to reduce stress incontinence.
It is important for women to understand the potential benefits and risks of each treatment option and to discuss their options with a gynaecologist. Dr Proud can help a you understand your symptoms and causes of urinary incontinence and can guide you through the process of choosing the best treatment option.