What is Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence (UI) is a fancy name for the accidental release of urine, which can affect both men and women. Sometimes it's stress incontinence -- a minor leak when you sneeze or laugh too hard. Or you may have urge incontinence -- the sudden need to urinate without enough time to make it to the bathroom. Other times there's a medical reason behind it. The good news? UI can be treated.
Symptoms of UI may differ from person to person. They include having a need to urinate frequently (more than eight times a day); frequent leakage with or without a feeling of urgency; leakage due to a sudden, unstoppable need to urinate; getting up to urinate two or more times during the night; and leaking when you sneeze, laugh, cough or exercise.Read more
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Can urinary incontinence be prevented?
The single best method to reduce the risk of incontinence is to maintain a healthy weight. Eating well, getting enough fiber and staying hydrated also helps. Learning how to properly perform pelvic floor muscle exercise is also a very good...
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