An estimated 15 million to 20 million people in the United States have bladder control problems. The condition affects men and women, although it is nearly twice as common in women.
One of the most prevalent medical problems we see in our patients is urinary incontinence (UI). Involuntary loss of urine is reportedly experienced by more than 95 percent of women at some time during their reproductive and post-menopausal years.
If you are affected by loss of bladder control, remember these two most important truths:
- You are not alone.
- Many treatment options are available.
Symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction may include:
- Incontinence: Loss of bladder or bowel control, leakage of urine or feces.
- Prolapse: descent of pelvic organs, causing a bulge and/or pressure in the pelvis region brought on by a "dropped uterus, bladder, vagina or rectum.
- Emptying Disorders: Difficulty urinating or moving bowels.
- Pelvic (or Bladder) Pain: Discomfort, burning or other uncomfortable pelvic symptoms, including urethral pain.
- Overactive Bladder: Frequent need to urinate, bladder pressure, urgency, urgency incontinence or difficulty holding back a full bladder.