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Types of Urinary Incontinence

Incontinence is when you leak urine. The two most common types of urinary incontinence are caused by a variety of factors and are highly treatable.

Urge – Often referred to as “overactive bladder,” this condition is characterized by leaking when you feel the urge to urinate but are unable to get to the bathroom in time.

  • Happens in women two times more often than in men
  • 24 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 44 experience overactive bladder, but it can happen at any age.
  • Symptoms include a sudden urge to urinate and urinating frequently (more than 20 times per day)
  • Women often experience this following childbirth or as a result of participation in high impact physical activities.
Stress – Leaking when you cough, sneeze, change positions or lift a heavy object. This is often a result of childbirth and is caused by weakening of the muscles around the bladder and urethra.

Cause of Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence can be caused by a variety of different factors and is different for each individual person. Some common causes of urinary incontinence include:

  • Childbirth
  • Chronic constipation
  • Decrease in estrogen after menopause
  • Excessive coughing
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Obesity

Treatment Options

Don’t let incontinence slow down your social calendar, sexual activity or travel plans. Many options are available to treat incontinence and help you enjoy the activities of life worry-free.

  • Physical Therapy
    • Kegel Exercises
    • Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles
  • Medication
    • Prescription medication to prevent or minimize bladder spasms
  • Surgery
    • When all other treatment options fail, various surgical options may be available to help reduce or prevent leaking.

Why go to Ohio State for Urogynecology?

Dr. Hundley and Dr. McFadden specialize in treating a variety of urologic conditions specific to women.

At Ohio State we always put the patient first. By providing multidisciplinary care to each patient we treat, we are able to provide you with the best care possible.

You can be certain that our physicians will be sensitive to your problems, and will always take the time to listen to you and answer your questions. They will also seek your input and make sure your personal goals are considered in the creation of your personalized treatment plan.

Schedule an appointment for evaluation by calling 614-442-2200.


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