Incontinence 1
Monday, September 21, 2009

Urinary incontinence is a common and embarrassing problem for many people as they age.  The good news is that this condition is very treatable.  Dr. Edward Hill discusses urinary incontinence in today’s 60 Second Housecall.

Urinary incontinence is the medical term for people who lose their urine unexpectedly.  This happens more commonly in women than men.  Childbirth trauma, menopause and the structure of the woman’s urinary tract account for the increasing prevalence of incontinence in women.  The most common reasons for urinary incontinence in both men and women include nerve injury, strokes and physical problems associated with aging.

The most common types of incontinence include:

- Stress – where small amounts of urine are lost with coughing, sneezing or exercising

- Urge – where large amounts of urine are lost with sudden urges to urinate that cannot be controlled

- Functional – where people know they need to get to the bathroom, but they are limited by difficulty walking, managing clothes, poor concentration or memory

- Overflow – small amounts of urine leak out constantly because the bladder is too full, and

- Transient – from reversible causes such as a urine infection or high glucoses from poorly controlled diabetes

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.