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Is Urinary Incontinence a Normal Part of Aging?

by Arkansas Urology on Monday, October 19, 2015

Urinary incontinence is increasingly common as people age, but it is not a normal part of aging. Don’t think that you have to accept it as a part of life; we can treat it. We can even eliminate it entirely with the right treatment.

Urinary incontinence occurs when you have trouble holding your urine until you get to a bathroom. It can interfere with your quality of life and cause embarrassing situations. Many times people brush it aside neglecting to seek medical attention, because it can be relatively common, especially in senior adults. Urinary incontinence affects about 200 million people worldwide, and about 25 million Americans suffer from occasional or chronic urinary incontinence. You’re not alone in experiencing incontinence. There’s no need to feel embarrassed about seeing a doctor – especially a urologist, since that’s one of the most common conditions urologists see.

Incontinence can be classified as one of several different types. Stress incontinence is urine leakage caused by coughing, sneezing or a strenuous activity. Urge incontinence occurs when you have an overwhelming urge to go to the bathroom and feel like you won’t make it. You can also have a mix of the two. Overflow incontinence, which is when the bladder is never completely empty after urination, is less common.

While incontinence is a common part of aging, it’s never normal. In most cases, treatment can save senior adults from suffering from urinary incontinence, embarrassing situations and having to avoid social gatherings. If you start experiencing these symptoms, please consult with a doctor. Give us a call today at 877-321-8452 to make an appointment or talk with someone in our clinic. Incontinence doesn’t have to be accepted as a normal part of your life.