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If you frequently feel the urgent need to urinate, or you urinate a bit every time you laugh or sneeze, you may have urinary incontinence. Controlling your bladder is often difficult, and you may feel uncomfortable or embarrassed if you are with other people or away from home. It may be reassuring to know that urinary incontinence is a common condition, especially among older adults, and one that is highly treatable.
Urinary incontinence can be caused by lifestyle habits, medical conditions or physical problems.
Temporary incontinence may be caused by something you’re eating or drinking. Certain foods, drinks and medications can stimulate your bladder and increase urine production. A bladder leak can also be caused by a urinary tract infection, bladder infection or constipation. Conditions such as pregnancy, childbirth, aging or a neurological disorder can lead to persistent incontinence.
Your Mercy urologist can provide a thorough evaluation to determine the underlying cause of your urinary incontinence.
There are two main kinds of urinary incontinence.
There’s no need to struggle with urinary incontinence or overactive bladder. Mercy’s specialists are here to help, with treatments ranging from lifestyle changes and simple pelvic-floor exercises to bladder training, medication and surgery. We’ll provide complete, compassionate care, so you can get back to living comfortably.
At Mercy, we offer comprehensive testing services to diagnose conditions and injuries, including:
At Mercy, we offer compassionate care for a variety of treatment services, including: