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What is incontinence?

Millions of women have sudden urine loss or urinary incontinence. The condition causes them to leak urine when they laugh, sneeze, cough, or during exercise. Although so many women experience sudden urine loss, most women are not aware that it is a treatable condition. Women may suffer in silence and put off activities that they enjoy.

There are four types of incontinence:

  • Stress
  • Urge
  • Mixed
  • Overflow

Female stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is caused in part by an improperly functioning urethra. Unlike other types of incontinence, SUI is not a problem of the bladder. Normally, the urethra maintains a tight seal to prevent involuntary loss of urine.

SUI can be caused by the following:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Pelvic muscle strain
  • Pelvic muscle tone loss
  • Aging
  • Smoking

Patients choosing surgical treatment may be able to go home as early as a few hours after the procedure with only a two-three week recovery period.

During the procedure, mesh is woven through pelvic tissue and positioned underneath the urethra, creating a supportive sling. When pressure is exerted, the tape provides the support needed to allow the urethra to maintain its seal. All medical procedures present benefits as well as some risks.

You don't have to live with incontinence. Call the Crossing Rivers Health Center for Specialty Care and schedule an appointment to discuss treatment options.