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Urinary Incontinence

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Both men and women experience urinary incontinence, which is the loss of urine without control.

Urinary incontinence can be temporary or ongoing, and risk factors can range from age, family history, weight, smoking and certain diseases. 

The severity of this issue can vary, and there are different types of urinary incontinence. These kinds of urinary incontinence include: 

  • Functional incontinence: Due to a physical or cognitive impairment, such as immobility. 
  • Overflow incontinence: Due to dribbling that occurs after urination. 
  • Stress incontinence: Due to pressure on the bladder caused by coughing, sneezing, laughing, etc. 
  • Urge incontinence: Due to a sudden, intense need to urinate, followed by a loss of urine.

Whatever kind of urinary incontinence you have (or a mixture of more than one type), the underlying causes can be treated. 

You can turn to specialists from Jefferson's Division of Urogynecology and the Department of Urology to help diagnose and treat your condition. Our specialists present both nonsurgical and surgical treatment options to help you make the most informed choice.

We will utilize the latest tools to diagnose incontinence and other bladder disorders. We offer a full complement of established treatments, including pelvic floor exercises and reconstructive surgery, as well as access to emerging treatment options through clinical trials.

Jefferson urologists and nurses collaborate with cross-disciplinary consultants with expertise in pelvic floor dysfunction (including bowel and urinary incontinence, pelvic pain and displaced organs) and related neurological diseases.

Our urologists also have sophisticated capabilities for testing bladder function. Through a variety of procedures, we can assess bladder pressures and urine flow, enabling us to recommend an appropriate course of treatment for a variety of bladder and urinary conditions.