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Incontinence & Overactive Bladder Health Center

Medical Reference Related to Incontinence & Overactive Bladder

  1. Urinary Incontinence Men's Guide - Topic Overview

    Urinary incontinence is the accidental release of urine. It is not a disease but rather a symptom of a problem with a man's urinary tract.

  2. Urinary Incontinence Women's Guide - Exams and Tests

    To diagnose the cause of your urinary incontinence, your health professional will ask about your medical history and conduct a physical examination, and order tests.

  3. Anticholinergics for Urinary Incontinence in Men

    Drug details for Anticholinergics and antispasmodics for urinary incontinence in men.

  4. Pelvic Organ Prolapse - Topic Overview

    Total incontinence is the continuous and total loss of urinary control. One cause of total incontinence is neurogenic bladder, a neurological problem that prevents the bladder from emptying properly. Spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, and other disorders that affect nerve function can also lead to total incontinence. Total incontinence in women can also be caused by a vesicovaginal fistula, an abnormal connection between the urinary tract and the vagina.TreatmentTotal incontinence is usually treated by using a thin tube (catheter) to empty the bladder regularly. This is called intermittent self-catheterization.Absorbent products such as pads or disposable underwear are usually used when other methods of treating incontinence have failed or cannot be used. These methods don't treat the incontinence but may make it possible to manage the problem.

  5. Urinary Incontinence Women's Guide - Medications

    Urinary incontinence may be treated with medications. However in many cases, treatment with behavioral methods (for urge incontinence) and Kegel exercises (for stress incontinence) are tried before medications.

  6. Medical History and Physical Exam for Urinary Incontinence in Men

    A medical history is the most important part of the examination for urinary incontinence. During the medical history, your health professional will ask you to describe:How long you have had incontinence.What, if anything, you are doing (laughing, coughing, or changing posture) when you experience incontinence.How often you have the problem and how much urine you lose.Risk factors you may have, ...

  7. Urinary Incontinence Women's Guide - When To Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional if: You have urinary incontinence that begins suddenly (acute incontinence).

  8. Pelvic Organ Prolapse - Topic Overview

    Stress incontinence occurs when a man unintentionally releases a small amount of urine when he coughs,laughs,strains,lifts,or changes posture. It is most common after a man has had his prostate gland removed and there was damage to the nerves or to the external bladder outlet valve (sphincter). After a man's prostate gland is removed,the bladder neck no longer has adequate support from the ...

  9. Urinary Incontinence Men's Guide - Treatment Overview

    The treatment you and your health professional choose will depend upon what type of urinary incontinence you have and how much you are bothered by your symptoms.

  10. Urinary Incontinence Women's Guide - Symptoms

    The main symptom of urinary incontinence is a problem controlling urination. The circumstances and type of problem affecting urination vary with the cause.

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