Urge Incontinence sudden onset of the strong desire to urinate and subsequent loss of urine the inability to hold urine long enough to reach a restroom, is associated with a sudden, intense desire to urinate that cannot be resisted. It can be caused by neurological conditions such as stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis, but it can also develop in patients without neurological diseases. Problems with bowel movements can also cause urge incontinence. Women with urge urinary incontinence are often not able to make it to the bathroom in time. Some women experience urge urinary incontinence when they hear running water or get close to a bathroom. Certain foods and beverages can make urge urinary incontinence worse.
Symptoms of Urge Incontinence
Symptoms of urge urinary incontinence include a very sudden and strong urge and need to urinate just after urinating moderately and having already emptied your bladder. Women with urge urinary incontinence are often not able to make it to the bathroom in time. Some women experience urge urinary incontinence when they hear running water or get close to a bathroom. Certain foods and beverages can make urge urinary incontinence worse.
Causes of Urge Incontinence
While the likelihood of experiencing urge urinary incontinence increases with age, it is not considered normal by any means and can interfere with work, socializing, exercise and sexual functioning. Urge urinary incontinence can be caused the bladder muscle contracting when it is not supposed to. Risk factors include age, high BMI, pelvic surgery, diabetes, stroke, and multiple sclerosis. Symptoms of stress urinary incontinence can also be related to urinary tract infections, bladder stones, or bladder tumors
Diagnosis of Urge Incontinence
Our comprehensive Urodynamic Testing along with a physical exam with Dr. Erhard can help make the diagnosis! We can offer real solutions that will allow you to reclaim your life!
Urge Urinary Incontinence Treatment
Non-surgical treatment options include:
Pelvic floor therapy
Low-dose vaginal estrogen
Various overactive bladder medications
Surgical treatment options include:
Tension-free Vaginal Tape™ (TVT)