Accidental leakage of urine caused by loss of
bladder control is a common and embarrassing problem, but one
that can most often be improved or corrected through treatment
and/or lifestyle changes. While women over 50 are the largest
group affected, urinary incontenence is also seen in younger
women (typically soon after childbirth), and men.
Women most often experience leakage when they
laugh, cough, sneeze or exercise. This is called stress incontinence.
Alternatively, a strong need to urinate may come on suddenly
and you may not be able to reach a bathroom in time. This is
called urge incontinence, or overactive bladder. Some women have
a combination of both types.
In men, urinary incontinence is most often associated
with enlarged prostate (BPH) or comes on as a side effect to
The team at Urologic Specialists of New England
has broad experience in diagnosing and treating these problems.
Available treatments include exercise programs (called Kegels)
to strengthen the muscles that control the bladder, behavior
change (bladder training) and some new surgical procedures that
can often be done in the comfort and privacy of our Operating