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Stress Urinary Incontinence in Women


Urinary incontinence (UI), defined as the involuntary loss of urine, is a significant health and social problem for women of all ages. UI affects approximately 13 million Americans (about
10-35% of adults) and at least half of the 1.5 million nursing home residents. Besides the inconvenience, embarrassment, and expense of dealing with UI, there are far more serious complications including infections, falls, and even institutionalization.

UI is not a normal consequence of aging and can be successfully treated 80% of the time.

Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) affects women of all ages and is the most common type of UI seen in young adult women. SUI occurs when urine leaks due to increased pressure in the abdomen causing downward pressure on the bladder in the setting of a weakened (incompetent) urethral sphincter.

Too often, women are too embarrassed to report the problem to their health care provider, or they figure that incontinence is an inevitable part of bearing children and growing older. UI can be treated successfully, thus preventing a great deal of expense, inconvenience, embarrassment, and even more serious complications. There are several behavioral and pharmacologic, as well as surgical interventions.

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