What is Incontinence?Incontinence means the involuntary loss of bladder or bowel control—the inability to predict when and where urination and/or bowel movements will occur. Bladder or bowel control—the inability to predict when and where urination and/or bowel movements will occur. This common disorder is experienced by as many as 18 million women of all ages. About half of adult women say they have had urine leakage at one time or another. Many women report it is a daily problem. Embarrassment and shame can prevent people from seeking help. Many mistakenly believe that nothing can be done to correct it.
Many women are afraid or embarrassed to mention their problem to their healthcare provider. Instead, they suffer in silence, wearing absorbent pads. Not only is this practice costly, it can lead to skin irritation and diminished self-esteem. Incontinence is not a hopeless condition. In and of itself incontinence is not a disease, but rather a symptom of an underlying condition that affects men and women of all ages and backgrounds. There are treatments available, including medication, exercise and minimally invasive surgery, which means that women no longer have to live with the worry of leaking urine.
Symptoms of Urinary Incontinence
- Coughing and sneezing
- Jumping or exercising
- Lifting, bending or stretching
- Climbing stairs
- Getting up from a chair
- During intercourse
- Leak urine as soon as you need to go to the bathroom
- Feel that your bladder is never completely empty
- Leak urine even when you drink small amounts of liquid
- Leak when you hear or touch running water
- Have frequent uncontrollable urges to urinate
- Go to the bathroom more than seven times per day
Bladder issues, like many other health concerns, are easier to treat the earlier you detect the problem. Don't “just live with it.” Contact us today to find out the facts about urinary incontinence and what you can do about it!
PinnacleHealth Women's Continence Center
Medical Sciences Pavilion, Suite 305
4300 Londonderry Road, Harrisburg PA
(717) 724-6788 • (717) 703-0099 Fax