|"Sometimes I feel hopelessly out of control. I can't predict when I'll need to urinate, or if I'll make it to the bathroom in time." *
Do you or a loved one experience embarrassing or troublesome symptoms like leaking or dribbling urine or not being able to "hold it"? Statistics show you're not alone.
1. Brocklehurst JC. Urinary incontinence in the community--analysis of a MORI poll. BMJ. Mar 1993 27 v.306(6881) p.832-4.
- You may be surprised to learn that urinary incontinence affects more than 52 million Americans and Europeans.
- At 60 or older, approximately 5% of men are incontinent. ¹
- For those older than 60, 15-30% of non-institutionalized people are incontinent. Fully half of nursing home residents have urinary incontinence. ²
2. Urinary incontinence in adults: acute and chronic management. Clinical practice Guideline Number 2 (1996 update). AHCPR publication No. 96-0682. Mar 1996. website
Urinary incontinence is the medical term used to describe the condition of not being able to control the flow of urine from your body. It usually happens because the bladder sphincter is damaged or scarred and cannot squeeze or close off the urethra. This means urine can leak or flow freely from the bladder.
Within this section, we will explore possible causes and treatment options to help restore continence. If you are suffering in silence, understanding the prevalence, possible causes and treatment options may encourage you to seek help for your incontinence.
* These comments are based on the types of experiences relayed in monitored chat rooms where patients have shared their experiences. They are not reflective of individual patients, and may not be typical for all users.