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Urinary Incontinence (Losing Bladder Control)
Juanita Watts, M.D. – Kaiser Permanente offers advice on Bladder Control…Urinary Continence is a common and treatable condition that affects women of all ages. Pregnancy, child birth, menopause, nerve damage, medications, or being overweight can weaken the muscles that control urine flow. There are three types of urinary incontinence:
• STRESS: During exercise, sneezing, coughing, or laughing, leaking occurs.
• URGE: You feel a sudden or abrupt need to empty your bladder.
• OVERFLOW: Your bladder overfills and urine leaks out, without warning.
If you experience these symptoms, take control. Talk to your doctor and learn what treatment options may be best for you. There are also things you can do to gain better control.
Bladder training, such as Kegel exercise, can strengthen your pelvis floor muscles and improve your bladder control. Doing Kegel exercises correctly and regularly can help strengthen those muscles that support your bladder and prevent urinary incontinence.
Other tips include avoiding caffeine, urinating on a scheduled, losing weight to reduce pressure against your bladder, and modifying or stopping medication that may contribute to incontinence (in consultation with your doctor). Learn how to do Kegel exercises and more about urinary incontinence by searching for these terms on kp.org/health.