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Urge Incontinence vs Stress Incontinence514 Views
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Description: Trying to figure out what the difference between urge incontinence and stress incontinence is? Watch this to find out.
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Having a little trouble telling the difference between overactive bladder and stress incontinence, where you “go” sometimes while coughing or sneezing? It’s a common confusion. Overactive bladder, or urge incontinence, is the sudden, frequent urge to urinate EVEN WHEN the bladder is empty or only partially full. It’s due to spasms and involuntary contractions of the bladder muscles. STRESS incontinence, the ACTUAL leakage of urine, is due to a weak sphincter muscle in the bladder. This muscle can be pushed open by physical activity, such as exercise, and even coughing, sneezing or laughing. To determine which form of incontinence YOU are experiencing, ask yourself a few questions: Does my need to urinate wake me up more than once at night? Do I urinate – or try to urinate—more than 8 times a day? Do I often have urinary tract infections? Have I had a stroke or been diagnosed with a neurological condition, kidney disease, diabetes, bladder stones or tumors? And for men: Do I have an enlarged prostate? If you answered YES to a majority of these, it’s possible your issues are caused by overactive bladder, or urge incontinence. If you have STRESS incontinence, you will probably answer YES to most of these questions: Have I had an injury in or near my urethra? Have I been diagnosed with chronic bronchitis or asthma, which makes me cough all the time? For women: Have I given birth vaginally? Have I experienced uterine prolapse? Have I had surgery in the pelvic area? For men: Have I had prostate surgery? Both stress incontinence and overactive bladder have various treatment options. Talk with your healthcare provider to decide what’s best for your condition.