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You don’t have to live with urinary incontinence

200313650-001Contributed by Mary South, MD

I see many patients that struggle with urinary incontinence (UI). And sadly, many of these women suffer for years before they muster the courage to talk to me about it. Some just think it’s a normal part of aging. And some are just flat-out too embarrassed to make an appointment. That’s why I’m writing this article—women need to know that they’re not alone and help is available. You don’t need to live your life constantly looking for the nearest bathroom.

The facts about UI

Women experience UI twice as much as men. And older women experience UI more often than younger women, often due to body changes resulting from pregnancy, childbirth, hysterectomies, and normal aging. There are also a number of underlying health conditions that can cause incontinence. Some of the most common include urinary tract infections, overactive bladder and constipation. Even every day factors like drinking too many Diet Cokes or your daily prescription medications can cause problems. The good news is there are a wide variety of treatment options—medicine, physical therapy, medical devices, interventional procedures and surgery—available to help you with this problem.

Our urogynecology specialty brings together the expertise of urogynecologists and urologists to help you regain your confidence and get back to your daily activities.

To schedule an appointment with one of our urogynecology specialists, please call (513) 475-UC4U.

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