Understanding your bladder control problem

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Bladder ControlThe good news about urinary incontinence is that it can often be treated. You don’t have to assume it’s a problem you simply have to “live with” because there’s nothing to be done.

If you are experiencing urine leakage or if you are consistently getting up more than twice a night to urinate, you should make an appointment with Collin County Urology. Call today: 972-403-5425. Bring a list of all the medications you take, as some may actually contribute to incontinence problems.

There are several types of urinary incontinence, and some people have more than one:

Urge

  • A sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate, not related to how much urine is in your bladder
  • Also known as “overactive bladder”
  • Usually caused by inappropriate contractions of the bladder caused by disruption of the signal between your brain and your bladder
  • Often triggered by environmental cues, such as running water or arriving home
  • Urgency, frequency and frequent nighttime urination are common if you have this form of bladder control problem.
  • Common in both men and women

Stress

  • Occurs when you do anything that strains muscles around the bladder
  • Leakage can occur when you laugh, cough, sneeze, bend down, jump or exercise.
  • Usually caused by weakness or injury to the muscles of the pelvis or the sphincter
  • Common result of pregnancy, childbirth and menopause
  • Most common in women

Combination

  • Mixture of stress and urge incontinence

Overflow

  • Occurs when you retain urine in your bladder
  • Can be a result of weak muscle tone or a blockage below your bladder
  • Dribbling, urgency, hesitancy, low-force stream, needing to strain and urinating only a small amount but still feeling urgency are common if you have this form of bladder control problem.
  • Most common in men

Neuropathic

  • A problem affecting one or more nerves
  • The detrusor muscle over contracts.
  • The interior sphincter lacks the tension to hold in urine.

Fistula:

  • Abnormal internal connections can cause incontinence.
  • Can occur between organs or structures such as the bladder, ureters or urethra

Traumatic

  • Can occur after injury to your pelvis or as a complication of surgery
  • A problem you can be born with

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