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Female Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence (UI) is a common condition in women that involves the involuntary loss of urine. When UI occurs while laughing, coughing, sneezing, jogging, or other physical activity, it is known as stress incontinence. When it manifests as a strong urge to urinate without enough time to reach a bathroom, it is known as urge incontinence. There are also other less common causes of UI. While these conditions are usually not life threatening, they can be embarrassing and have a significant impact on your daily life.

UI can affect people of all ages, but women are especially susceptible after pregnancy and later in life. UI is sometimes caused by a urinary tract, or bladder, infection. Other common causes include a loss of supporting connective tissue and muscles in the urinary tract, or bladder spasms. These weaknesses may prevent you from closing off the urethra while doing certain activities. UI may also be a sign of underlying medical disorders.

Symptoms alone often do not indicate which of these causes are responsible for this sometimes debilitating problem. An evaluation may uncover other abnormalities such as cystocele, rectocele, enterocele, and uterine prolapse. We offer a comprehensive workup of female urinary incontinence including a detailed history, a focused physical exam, and the convenience of in-office cystometrics.
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