Incontinence and voiding dysfunction involve problems with a complex series of interactions among the brain, nervous system and pelvic organs.
There are many causes of incontinence, many of which are treatable with nonsurgical and surgical therapies.
Accurate diagnosis and treatment planning is essential to successful treatment. Any treatment should be individualized to take into account the degree of symptoms and bother from the condition, as well as preference for surgical or nonsurgical therapy.
Urinary Incontinence: What You Need to Know
- Many dismiss incontinence as a result of old age, childbirth, illness or surgery, but treatment is available to relieve symptoms — no matter the cause.
- People with incontinence suffer embarrassment, isolation and even depression.
- There are two types of incontinence: urge incontinence and stress incontinence. Some people have a combination of both types.
- Incontinence is more common in women and the elderly.