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Urinary incontinence falls into two categories: stress and urge. Both forms of incontinence can have a negative effect of a woman’s life so CHPG Women’s Health in Denver, Colorado develops specialized treatment plans to help women regain confidence and return to a normal lifestyle.
Stress incontinence occurs when a minor activities or impulse, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, running or lifting causes a woman to leak urine. To be considered a stress related, leakage stops when the response or activity ends.
Stress incontinence is nearly always due to urethral hypermobility, intrinsic sphincteric deficiency or a combination of the two. Many women are prone to one or both of these problems, by having had many children through vaginal deliveries, menopause or injury from surgery or radiation.
The general goal for women with stress incontinence is to strengthen pelvic muscles. Typical steps to treat women with stress incontinence include:
Urge incontinence is leakage of urine due to bladder muscles that contract inappropriately. Often these contractions occur regardless of the amount of urine that is in the bladder.
In most cases, urge incontinence has no specific cause but it can be attributed to bladder inflammation, obstructions, infection or neurological disease or injury.
When treating urge urinary insentience, a treatment plan will depend on how severe the symptoms are and how much they interfere with a patient’s lifestyle. The three main treatment approaches for urge incontinence include:
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