Maurice Leibman, M.D. & Associates

Board Certified Gynecologist & Certified North American Menopause Practitioner (NCMP) located in Houston, TX

Incontinence

Urinary incontinence — the loss of bladder control — is a common and often embarrassing problem. The severity ranges from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that's so sudden and strong you don't get to a toilet in time.

Though it occurs more often as people get older, urinary incontinence isn't an inevitable consequence of aging. If urinary incontinence affects your daily activities, don't hesitate to see your doctor. For most people, simple lifestyle and dietary changes or medical care can treat symptoms of urinary incontinence.

Many people experience occasional, minor leaks of urine. Others may lose small to moderate amounts of urine more frequently.

Types of urinary incontinence include:

Stress incontinence. Urine leaks when you exert pressure on your bladder by coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising or lifting something heavy.

Urge incontinence. You have a sudden, intense urge to urinate followed by an involuntary loss of urine. You may need to urinate often, including throughout the night. Urge incontinence may be caused by a minor condition, such as infection, or a more severe condition such as a neurological disorder or diabetes.

Overflow incontinence. You experience frequent or constant dribbling of urine due to a bladder that doesn't empty completely. Functional incontinence. A physical or mental impairment keeps you from making it to the toilet in time. For example, if you have severe arthritis, you may not be able to unbutton your pants quickly enough.

Mixed incontinence. You experience more than one type of urinary incontinence — most often this refers to a combination of stress incontinence and urge incontinence. (source: www.mayoclinic.org)

Take the stress incontinence bladder quiz below

Recent research indicates that 1 out of 4 women over the age of 18 experience some type of bladder leakage. Leakage typically affects 30-50% of childbearing women by 40.

1) Do you leak urine (even small drops), wet yourself or wet your pad or undergarments when you cough or sneeze?
[ ] None of the time
[ ] Rarely
[ ] Once in a while
[ ] Often
[ ] Most of the time
[ ] All the time

2) Do you leak urine (even small drops), wet yourself or wet your pad or undergarment when you bend down or lift something?
[ ] None of the time
[ ] Rarely
[ ] Once in a while
[ ] Often
[ ] Most of the time
[ ] All the time

3) Do you leak urine (even small drops), wet yourself or wet your pad or undergarments when you walk quickly, jog or exercise?
[ ] None of the time
[ ] Rarely
[ ] Once in a while
[ ] Often
[ ] Most of the time
[ ] All the time

4) Do you leak urine (even small drops), wet yourself or wet your pad or undergarments when you are undressing to use the toilet?
[ ] None of the time
[ ] Rarely
[ ] Once in a while
[ ] Often
[ ] Most of the time
[ ] All the time

5) Do you get such a strong and uncomfortable need to urinate that you leak urning (even small drops) or wet yourself before reaching the toilet?
[ ] None of the time
[ ] Rarely
[ ] Once in a while
[ ] Often
[ ] Most of the time
[ ] All the time

6) Do you have to rush to the bathroom because you get a sudden, strong need to urinate?
[ ] None of the time
[ ] Rarely
[ ] Once in a while
[ ] Often
[ ] Most of the time
[ ] All the time

If you answered “often”, “most of the time”, or “all of the time” to questions 1, 2, or 3, then you may have troublesome stress urinary incontinence.

If you answered “often”, “most of the time”, or “all of the time” to questions 4, 5, or 6, then you may have troublesome overactive bladder or urge urinary incontinence.

It is recommended that you talk to your doctor regarding these symptoms as they may worsen if not treated.

Accepted Insurances

We accept most major insurances. We verify each patient's insurance plan prior to appointment. If the plan is not on the list, we will verify the network status. Please contact the medical office for all insurance related questions.

Accepted Insurances

We accept most major insurances. We verify each patient's insurance plan prior to appointment. If the plan is not on the list, we will verify the network status. Please contact the medical office for all insurance related questions.
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