Urinary Incontinence, or an involuntary leakage of urine from the bladder, can happen for a number of reasons. There are a variety of reasons incontinence can develop. Women who have carried a pregnancy especially if they have given birth vaginally are at increased risk. Certain substances we consume in our diet can irritate the bladder. Weight gain places more pressure on the bladder. Lower estrogen levels related to peri- and post-menopause status can weaken the bladder support. Urge incontinence is related to an overactive bladder (needing to urinate frequently). It occurs when a person has a strong urge to urinate and leaks before being able to get to toilet facilities. This can be treated with lifestyle changes and sometimes with medications. Stress incontinence occurs when urine leaks out during activities such as coughing, sneezing or jumping. This is managed with a variety of options including, weight loss, pelvic floor physical therapy, MonaLisa Touch therapy and for moderate to severe cases, surgical intervention is appropriate.
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