Urinary Incontinence


Urinary Incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine, loss of control of your bladder when you cough, sneeze or get a sudden urge. Several causes of incontinence exist: infection, medications, weak bladder/sphincter muscles, complications from surgery, chronic diseases and overactive bladder (OAB).

Who gets urinary incontinence?

More than 13 million Americans experience urinary incontinence. Women suffer from incontinence twice as often as men.

Will weight loss or diet changes help improve urinary incontinence?

Involuntary loss of urine can be caused by extra body weight, so if you are overweight, diet and exercise may help improve the condition. Certain foods, such as caffeine, tea and alcohol can also worsen incontinence. Consuming these foods and liquids in moderation can help reduce incontinence.

What treatments are available?

NWA Urology Associates helps treat the four major types of urinary incontinence: stress, urgency, mixed, and night time. Treatment for urinary incontinence varies for each patient, based on the type and severity. Our physicians will work with you to determine which treatment option best fits your lifestyle and needs.

Stress Incontinence

This includes the involuntary loss of urine during certain physical activities, including coughing, laughing, and lifting. It is caused by a weak or damaged sphincter, the muscle that holds back urine.

Urgency Incontinence

Urgency incontinence is the inability to postpone the sudden, strong desire to urinate. This incontinence involves an uncontrolled bladder contraction and it may occur after a sudden change in position or activity.

Mixed Incontinence

Sometimes both stress incontinence and urgency incontinence can occur together. This unique combination will result in experiencing symptoms of of both stress and urgency. Oftentimes, one set of symptoms are worse than the other.

Night Time Incontinence

Night Time incontinence can occur for a variety of reasons, including increased urine production while asleep, inability to store enough urine through the night and unstable bladder contractions.