Urinary Incontinence: It's No Laughing Matter
WHAT IS URINARY INCONTINENCE?
Urinary Incontinence, also known as bladder leakage, is the loss of bladder control or the involuntary loss of urine. This can turn a laughing fit or fun workout into a stressful and potentially uncomfortable situation. Here’s the skinny on the three common types of Urinary Incontinence:
Stress Urinary Incontinence
Stress Urinary Incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine during physical activities, like laughing, jumping, sneezing or lifting heavy objects. It occurs when the muscles that support the urethra are weakened or damaged. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including:
- Hormone Changes
- And Many More
Depending on the severity, Urinary Incontinence can be treated several ways. Before you go below the belt, talk with your doctor to determine which treatment is right for you.
WHO SUFFERS FROM URINARY INCONTINENCE?
Urinary Incontinence affects more people than you might think. And it’s increasingly common among women. The important thing to remember is you’re not alone. There are millions of women out there just like you who experience some form of bladder leakage. But you don’t have to be one of them. Talk to your doctor today.
It’s only when I laugh, or cough or sneeze... if you’re experiencing common symptoms of Urinary Incontinence, talk to your doctor today.
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