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Your brain says you don’t need to use the bathroom, but your bladder disagrees, resulting in a leak. Urinary incontinence can be inconvenient and embarrassing, but it’s also common. Millions of Americans over age 60 suffer from it. Even though urinary incontinence is more prevalent in older adults, it’s not a normal part of the aging process.
There are three broad categories of urinary incontinence: nocturia (getting up multiple times at night to use the bathroom), urge incontinence (you have the urge to go but urine comes out before you’re ready) and the most common, especially for women – stress incontinence (leaking when you cough, sneeze, laugh or jump on a trampoline).
Before you stop laughing at jokes or jumping on trampolines, you should know that stress incontinence is treatable, and there’s no reason to let it affect your quality of life. Mercy Clinic urologist Dr. Matthew Kincade has seven things you should know about stopping leaks.
If you won’t leave your house because you’re afraid you’ll have an accident, or if you walk into a store and immediately map out a path to the restroom, it’s time to make a doctor’s appointment. The idea of discussing urinary incontinence may make you cringe, but it’s important to summon the courage and take that step. If you’re concerned about urinary incontinence, our physicians are too. We’ll work closely with you to develop a care plan specific to your needs.
We’ll get you back to living life to the fullest – enjoying your family, watching funny movies and being physically active – all while staying dry.
Matthew Kincade, MD, is a urologist at Mercy Clinic Urology – S. Fremont.