Recognize the warning signs and symptoms of a bladder control problem. Know when you should seek a doctor's help and how you can get the most out of your visit.
If you're one of the many women who experience bladder control problems, don't let embarrassment keep you from getting the help you need. Leaking urine, frequent urination, and experiencing other symptoms of urinary incontinence aren't trivial consequences of childbirth or a natural part of aging.
It's finally summer vacation! The perfect time for road trips with the family, a girls trips, or a romantic vacation for two. But now you're getting nervous trying to plan around how many stops you'll need to make and creating an itinerary based on access to the bathroom. Sound familiar?
You are not alone; many people who suffer from leaks are doing the same thing. But planning your vacation should invoke feelings of excitement and anticipation, not anxiety and stress. You should be looking forward to all of the fun activities not worried what fun activities are going to cause you to leak.
A leaky bladder is what causes some people to experience occasional, minor leaks of urine and others to soil their clothes frequently.
Types of urinary incontinence include:
- Stress incontinence. Urine leaks when you exert pressure on your bladder by coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising or lifting something heavy.
- Urge incontinence. Sudden, intense urges to urinate followed by an involuntary loss of urine. You may need to urinate often, including throughout the night.