Urinary incontinence is a common problem. Many women ignore the symptoms or think they have resolved the problem of incontinence by wearing a pad or adult diaper. While this gives you protection, it can also irritate your skin and cause urinary tract infections (UTI).
Too many women delay seeking medical care until more severe symptoms arise. It is important to understand why leakage occurs and how to avoid it. Behavioral treatment may mean learning simple exercises (known as the Kegal exercise) which often include bladder re-training and pelvic muscle squeezing.
Medications (cream, pills, or patch) are also used to strengthen muscles, replace estrogen, or treat a UTI. In certain cases, a special device may be required to strengthen the pelvic muscles. Surgical treatment options are also available.
Tell your doctor if the symptoms of urinary incontinence disrupt your daily life. In most cases, urinary incontinence can be successfully treated following a complete and thorough exam to determine the cause of the problem. You and your doctor will discuss the option that is right for you.