Urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence--the involuntary loss of urine—is one type of pelvic floor disorder. There are several types of urinary incontinence in women—and it is a very common, and treatable, complaint:

  • Stress incontinence is loss of urine during activities that put abdominal pressure on the bladder, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting or changing position.
  • Urge incontinence is the loss of urine that follows a sudden and overwhelming urge to urinate that you can’t control.
  • Mixed incontinence occurs when women experience symptoms of both stress and urge incontinence.
  • Overflow incontinence is "dribbling" of urine—urinating frequently and in small amounts. It is also called chronic retention of urine. This type of urinary incontinence occurs when there is more urine in the bladder than it can hold.

Urinary incontinence in women can occur at any time in their lives—but as women age their risk for urinary incontinence increases. While there are a number of urinary incontinence causes, it may occur as a result of pregnancy and childbirth.

There are a number of options for urinary incontinence treatment, both non-surgical and surgical techniques—including many minimally invasive procedures performed by the Holy Cross Health gynecologic surgery team.

For more information about Gynecologic Surgery at Holy Cross Health, please fill out our brief contact form or call Stephanie Heller, program director at 301-754-7501.

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