Urinary Incontinence

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 prostate surgery.

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 Suite.

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