June 15, 2017

Urinary Incontinence – Don’t Be Embarrassed, It’s More Common Than You Think

Do you unintentionally pee a little when you do any of the following?

  • Laugh
  • Run
  • Cough
  • Sneeze
  • Lift objects

If so, you are not alone and there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Urinary incontinence (also known as stress incontinence) is much more common than you may think. The good news is there are treatments available.

“It is very common for women to experience bladder leakage during physical activities or stressful events,” says Brian Cohen, MD, a fellowship-trained urologist at Victoria Urological Associates.

Urinary incontinence, the unintentional loss of urine, can happen when physical movement puts pressure on the bladder. Types of this pressure can include coughing, sneezing and physical activity such as running.

“The main thing is not to be embarrassed. Bladder leakage is very common and there are treatments to help manage symptoms,” says Dr. Cohen.

Treatments could include the following depending on the symptoms:

  • Behavior therapies (such as pelvic floor exercises)
  • Adjusting the timing of fluid consumption
  • Medication
  • Device inserts (such as urethral inserts)
  • Surgery (such as a sling procedure)

Brian L. Cohen, MD, MPH, is a fellowship-trained urologist with a subspecialty certification in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at Victoria Urological Associates, an affiliate of Mission Health.

If you are one of the many women who experience urinary incontinence and would like assistance, contact Dr. Brian Cohen at Victoria Urological Associates at (828) 254-8883.


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