Many community members, such as Katurn54, wrote ProducetheDoctors.com and asked The Doctors for solutions to urinary incontinence, a condition that affects approximately 14 million women.
Urinary incontinence, or loss of bladder control, has two major sub-types: stress and urge.
Stress incontinence occurs when the sphincter muscle of the bladder is weak, resulting in involuntary loss of urine when stress, or pressure is exerted. Stress can be in the form of a cough, sneeze, laugh or physical activity.
Women who have experienced pregnancy, childbirth or menopause often develop stress incontinence due to the physical changes in their bodies. Treatments depend on the underlying condition and include: medication, pelvic floor muscle training, surgery or behavioral changes.
Urge incontinence occurs when the bladder muscles contract, or spasm, which is also described as an overactive bladder. A person will experience an intense, sudden urge to urinate and often will not make it to the toilet in time.
Urge incontinence can result from a variety of health problems such as urinary tract infections, nervous system damage and bowel problems. Treatments depend on the underlying condition and include: medication, bladder re-training or surgery.
Revolutionary Urinary Incontinence Treatment
Urgent PC is a device used to treat women with urge incontinence and has proven successful in seven out of 10 women. An electrode is placed in the ankle, which stimulates nerves in the legs. An impulse then travels up the leg to a bundle of nerves at the base of the spine, the same area that controls bladder function. See how the device works.
“Over time, the bladder starts to calm down,” urologist Dr. Kia Michel from the Urology Medical group in Los Angeles, California explains. “A woman’s frequency, urgency and urge incontinence actually starts to abate. The beauty in that is that they don’t need to take medications for the rest of their lives.”
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