About 10% of women and 5% of men experience urinary incontinence at any given time. Not only is this condition irritating and embarrassing, but it may also point to more serious health problems like BPH, pelvic prolapse, or prostate cancer. At Greater Hartford Urology Group, the team of caring urologists regularly diagnose and treat urinary incontinence. To make an appointment, call one of the offices in Hartford, Enfield, or Glastonbury, Connecticut, and speak with a friendly team member or book online today.
Incontinence, or urinary incontinence, refers to the accidental or involuntary leakage of urine. Incontinence isn’t a disease, but instead, points to an underlying condition like benign prostate enlargement.
Incontinence affects both men and women, but it’s especially common in men as they age. Clinical studies suggest that 2-11% of older men experience urinary incontinence on a daily basis. Fortunately, it’s also possible to treat.
At Greater Hartford Urology Group, the team diagnoses and treats several types of incontinence, including:
Urgency incontinence causes you to experience a sudden or urgent need to urinate. If you’re unable to make it to the restroom on time, you might experience accidental leakage.
Stress incontinence occurs as a result of sudden movements or pressure on your bladder. Common causes of stress incontinence include coughing, sneezing, or lifting heavy objects.
Overflow incontinence occurs as a result of a full bladder. If you have overflow incontinence, you begin to urinate as soon as your bladder reaches capacity. This usually occurs suddenly and with little warning.
Functional incontinence usually affects people living with physical disabilities who are unable to verbally communicate their needs. If you have difficulty moving or speaking, it may be impossible to make it to the bathroom on time.
Mixed incontinence occurs when you have two or more types of incontinence.
To diagnose incontinence, your Greater Hartford Urology Group provider conducts a physical exam, asks about your symptoms, and reviews your medical history. If these measures don’t provide enough information, your provider might also order urodynamic testing or conduct a digital rectal exam (DRE). Both of these screening procedures can detect an enlarged prostate or other similar problems.
To treat urinary incontinence, the team usually recommends conservative, holistic treatments including healthy lifestyle changes. Depending on the type of incontinence, you might benefit from fluid management, bladder training, or pelvic floor strengthening exercises.
If your incontinence persists or gets worse, your provider might recommend prescription medications to calm overactive bladder muscles or alpha-blockers if you have an enlarged prostate.
If your body doesn’t respond to medications or lifestyle changes, surgical intervention may be necessary.
To make an appointment regarding incontinence at Greater Hartford Urology Group, call the office or book online today.