Division of Urology
Incontinence, the loss of urine or bladder control, affects more than one in three adult women. Although incontinence often causes embarrassment, it can be managed with proper medical care. Urologists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) are experts at diagnosing and treating incontinence. We understand how sensitive bladder control problems can be for women, and offer a relaxed and private setting to evaluate patients and tailor customized treatment plans.
Factors that contribute to an increased risk of developing urinary incontinence include:
Incontinence can be caused by multiple factors including lifestyle habits, physical problems and medical conditions. Causes of temporary and persistent urinary incontinence include:
Symptoms associated with incontinence in women include:
Some women with urinary incontinence experience minor leaks of urine while others frequently wet their clothes. The following are types of incontinence:
Tests and procedures to determine incontinence in women include:
Your urologist may recommend the following treatments for stress incontinence:
Less common procedures:
Treatment for urgency incontinence may involve:
Treatment for overflow incontinence may involve:
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