Types of Urinary Incontinence

Not all bladder control problems are the same. There are two common types that we treat, stress incontinence and overactive bladder (OAB).

Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence is leaking when you sneeze, cough, laugh, or do some type of physical activity like exercising, lifting, or climbing stairs. It’s usually caused by weakened or damaged pelvic floor muscles that create a loss of support for the bladder.

We can usually treat stress incontinence with a 20-minute outpatient procedure called a mini-sling.

Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder is the most common bladder control problem we treat. Unlike stress incontinence, overactive bladder has little to do with a loss of support for the bladder.

Overactive bladder occurs when a patient has one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Frequency – eight or more visits to the toilet per day
  • Nocturia – 2 or more visits to the toilet per night
  • Urgency – a sudden, strong urge to urinate
  • Leakage – sudden, involuntary loss of urine

Patients may also have symptoms of both stress incontinence and overactive bladder, which is called mixed incontinence.

Let Us Help Determine Which Treatment Is Best for You

Dr. Taylor will work through your specific symptoms and create a personalized care pathway that gets you to the therapy that’s likely to work best for you.

Schedule a consult with Dr. Taylor to talk about your bladder control problems today.

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