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Incontinence. If you are like most women, you suffer in silence, thinking that incontinence must be a normal part of aging. It isn’t.

If you are like many women, you’ve changed your lifestyle in an effort to cope with the embarrassment of incontinence. You’ve learned to live with it. But you’re living less.

If you are leaking urine when you sneeze, cough, or make other movements, or you have a sudden uncontrollable urge to urinate, you may be dealing with urinary incontinence.

Urinary incontinence is a very common, but rarely discussed, condition. It affects 5% to 10% of all women, and nearly one in four women over age 65. Childbirth, menopause, stress, urinary tract infections, pelvic injuries, and even certain medications can cause urinary incontinence.

Treating Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is highly treatable. According to the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, 80% of women who suffer from incontinence can be successfully treated without surgery or drugs. That’s our experience at Aurora BayCare too. With our incontinence therapy program you may very likely find a non-surgical solution.

Here you will work with a multidisciplinary team of subspecialists, including a highly experienced urogynecologist, and have access to the full spectrum of treatment options for female incontinence:

  • Behavioral techniques
  • Medical management
  • Biofeedback
  • InterStim therapy (nerve stimulation)
  • Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation

Non-surgical incontinence treatments include therapies to help women strengthen and reeducate the muscles that control their bladder and urination. Surgery may be an option when other incontinence treatments are not effective. Our physicians offer the complete range of pelvic floor surgery options and work in close partnership with specialists in physical therapy, gastroenterologycolorectal surgery, and urology.

Types of Urinary Incontinence

While there are four distinct types of urinary incontinence, “stress" and "urge" incontinence are the two most common types, comprising nearly 90% of all cases.

  • Stress incontinence: leaking urine triggered by coughing, sneezing, laughing, bending or lifting
  • Urge incontinence: a sudden need to use the restroom, an uncontrollable flow of urine and increased urinary frequency
  • Overflow incontinence: frequent or constant dribbling of urine and an inability to completely empty the bladder
  • Mixed incontinence: a combination of symptoms associated with more than one type of incontinence

Fecal Incontinence

This is the uncontrolled loss of gas or liquid stool from the rectum or vagina. The two main types of fecal incontinence are anal sphincter injury and rectovaginal fistulas. Both conditions are usually the result of vaginal delivery and are usually unavoidable.  Pelvic floor rehabilitation can be an effective treatment in many cases, as is surgery.

Electrophysiology Dr. Imran Sheikh


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