Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) is defined by leaking urine during physically exerting tasks, such as heavy lifting, coughing, sneezing, or exercise. This is the most common form of incontinence in women, and affects twice as many women as it does men. Pregnancy, giving birth vaginally, type II diabetes, and weight gain are factors that increase the risk of developing SUI. SUI can be treated by strengthening pelvic muscles or surgery.
Urge Urinary Incontinence is defined by leaking urine with the urge to urinate. Treatment of urge urinary incontinence differs from the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. While both conditions can improve from “training” the bladder, urge urinary incontinence can also be treated with antimuscarinic or anticholinergic medications. Mixed Mixed urinary incontinence occurs when an individual experiences both stress urinary incontinence and urge urinary incontinence. Treatment for mixed urinary incontinence can include behavioral treatment, strengthening pelvic muscles, and medication.
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