What is urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is urinating involuntarily – that is, urinating when you do not intend to.
There are several causes of urinary incontinence. Your bladder muscle may be overactive, or you may have a weak urinary sphincter, which is the muscle that helps to control the urine flow.
Stress incontinence is a type of urinary incontinence that occurs when there is a sudden rise in pressure on the abdomen – from laughing, coughing or jumping, for example.
Urge incontinence is the strong need to urinate all of a sudden – the “urgency” is so strong that you can’t make it to the bathroom in time.
Our treatment options for urinary incontinence
There are a variety of treatment options for urinary incontinence, and your treatment will depend on the severity and underlying cause of your condition. Common treatment options can include:
- Bladder retraining
- Pelvic floor exercises to help strengthen the muscles
- Surgery correction of uterovaginal prolapse
- Surgery to control stress urinary incontinence, including the vaginal sling procedure which helps to close your urethra and bladder neck
Dr Hong will discuss which treatments may be best for you and why, ensuring that you are fully informed to make the best decision for you.