Urinary incontinence affects up to one-third of adults in America, about 30 percent of women aged 30-60 and 1.5-5% of men, according to the American Urological Association. Defined as the loss of bladder control, urinary incontinence causes bladder leakages that can drastically affect patients’ lives, limiting their ability to perform job duties, participate in leisure activities, travel, and more. For those with urinary incontinence, knowing how to stop bladder leakages makes all the difference.
Urinary incontinence affects one-quarter to one-third of American adults and affects more women than men. While incontinence is more common in elderly adults, it can indicate underlying health conditions in adults at any age. Urinary incontinence can also severely impact a person’s quality of life, restricting the ability to travel, exercise, and carry out normal daily activities because of the possibility of unexpected bladder leakages.
Overactive bladder (OAB) affects an estimated 50 million people in the United States, making it a fairly common condition. Unfortunately, treating overactive bladder can be tricky because the symptoms can also be associated with other medical conditions. To access bladder symtpoms, doctors will often ask patients presenting with bladder issues to track their symptoms through a bladder diary, then combine these insights with a patient’s medical history and clinical testing.
Urinary incontinence – sometimes referred to as bladder leakage – is one of the most common symptoms of overactive bladder (OAB). There are several types of urinary incontinence, and some patients experience a mixture of types. Though urinary incontinence affects older adults at higher rates than younger adults (especially among women), any bladder leakage is not a normal part of aging, can have a significant impact on quality of life, and may be a sign of an underlying health problem.
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