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Types of Urinary Incontinence

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If you are leaking urine or having a difficult time controlling your bladder, you may be suffering from urinary incontinence. According to urology expert, Dr. Pedram Ilbeigi, this is a common condition and affects many adults throughout the Inland Empire.

However, simply stating you have urinary incontinence is not enough — Dr. Ilbeigi will work  to diagnose exactly what type of incontinence you have. There are several different forms of urinary incontinence that Rancho Mirage patients should be aware of before meeting with Dr. Ilbeigi.

Types of Urinary Incontinence

Stress Incontinence — While incontinence may be emotionally stressful and socially awkward, stress incontinence is not caused by anxiety, depression, or emotional stress in your life. Instead, stress incontinence is caused by physical factors. This often means that physical changes have taken place in the body that are adding physical stress to the bladder, such as weakened muscles or increased pressure on the bladder.

This type of urinary incontinence is  usually seen in women. Symptoms of stress incontinence include leaking when you stand up from a sitting position, leaking when you laugh or sneeze, and leaking during or immediately after an exercise routine.

Urge Incontinence — Urge incontinence typically occurs as the result of an overactive bladder. An overactive bladder is known to contract at the wrong moments, which ultimately leads to urge incontinence.

People who suffer from this type of incontinence feel the need to go frequently and urgently. It can make it difficult to get to the bathroom in time, and many people who suffer from this type of incontinence are frustrated because there is typically only a small amount of urine to release. People with urge incontinence may have a difficult time around running water, as it can increase the urge to urinate.

Mixed Incontinence — For many women, incontinence takes the form of mixed incontinence. This means that they experience the symptoms of both stress incontinence and urge incontinence. While men can also have mixed incontinence, it is most common in post-menopausal female patients. Patients who have mixed incontinence may find that they experience urine leakage during exercise or sex, but also might have the urgent need to go on a more frequent basis.

People who have mixed incontinence typically find that one type of incontinence is more dominant than the other type. Dr. Ilbeigi works with Mixed Incontinence patients to provide them with a customized treatment that addresses their specific symptoms.

If you are still in the process of determining which type of incontinence you are afflicted with, you should take the time to keep a log. Record when you have to go to the bathroom, how often you do make it to the bathroom and when, where, and how you experience leaking. These facts are vital when Dr. Ilbeigi is developing a diagnosis and a treatment plan.

The more information he has on your particular situation, the easier it will be for him to create a better solution. If you are plagued with urinary incontinence, contact Dr. Ilbeigi today and book a consultation appointment.

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