If you have a bladder control problem, you are not alone. Approximately one in five women experience some form of incontinence. Incontinence can result from pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, surgery or obesity.
Stress incontinence occurs when stress or pressure is put on the bladder by laughing, coughing, sneezing or during exercise.
Urge incontinence, also called overactive bladder, is marked by a sudden uncontrollable urge to to urinate, sometimes resulting in urine loss on the way to the restroom.
Mixed incontinence occurs when symptoms of both stress and urge incontinence are present.
Urine leakage at any age is not normal. Due to advances in pharmacotheraphy and minimally invasive surgery, urinary incontinence is highly treatable.
Pelvic organ relaxation (also called prolapse) can result from injury to the pelvic support structures during childbirth and other strenuous activities. These problems may not become noticeable until midlife due to hormonal changes and the loss of muscle strength. Pelvic organ prolapse can occur with urinary incontinence.
Cystocele, also called a dropped bladder, can result in pressure symptoms and difficult urination.
Rectocele may present with a bulge and pressure in the vagina and can result in difficult bowel movements.
Uterine or vaginal prolapse may present with a bulge or pressure symptoms.
Pelvic organ prolapse is highly treatable through minimally invasive procedures.