20 September 2017

Urinary Incontinence | What No One Wants to Talk About

Millions of women experience involuntary loss of urine called urinary incontinence (UI) throughout their lifetime. Some women may lose a few drops of urine while running or coughing. While others may feel a strong, sudden urge to urinate just before releasing a large amount of urine. And still many women experience both symptoms. UI can be slightly bothersome but also totally incapacitating. For some women, the risk of public embarrassment keeps them from enjoying many activities with their family and friends. Urine loss can also occur during sexual activity and cause tremendous emotional distress.  This may be why we do not talk about this issue publicly.  The humiliation that goes with the stigma of Urinary Incontinence can be very difficult for many women to face. 

Women experience UI twice as often as men. Through pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, and the structure of the female urinary tract may account for this difference. But both women and men can become incontinent from neurologic injury, birth defects, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and physical problems associated with aging.

Older women experience UI more often than younger women. But incontinence is not inevitable with age. We must remember that urinary incontinence is a medical problem. Your doctor can help you find a solution through medication and treatment. No single treatment works for everyone, but many women can find improvement without surgery.

Different Kinds of Urinary Incontinence in Women Include:

  • Stress Leakage of small amounts of urine during physical movement (coughing,  sneezing,   exercising).
  • Urge    Leakage of large amounts of urine at unexpected times, including during sleep.
  • Overactive Bladder  Urinary frequency and urgency, with or without urge incontinence.
  • Functional Untimely urination because of physical disability, external obstacles, or problems in thinking or communicating that prevent a person from reaching a toilet.
  • Overflow Unexpected leakage of small amounts of urine because of a full bladder.
  • Mixed Usually the occurrence of stress and urge incontinence together.
  • Transient Leakage that occurs temporarily because of a situation that will pass (infection, taking a new medication, colds with coughing).

Communication is the key to getting help for Urinary Incontinence.  Knowing that you are not alone can also help alleviate the stigma which comes with UI.  Please call Dr. Joanne Hinson for an appointment today.  Dr. Hinson has been working with women from all ages for over 25 years and is here to assist in finding the right treatment for your UI.  Call her office at 801-364-4030.  


Why Choose Dr. Hinson

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Passionate about her vision. Treating women as people, respecting their value as females, and as people.

25 years of OB/GYN experience, acting as the only doctor for most of her patients , treating other medical needs as well.

Emphasizes a partnership with the patient in her health care, strongly advocating her responsibility in her health.

Focused, nonjudgemental listener, effective communicator and educator.

Considers the patient's overall health, mental state, and social issues as possible factors contributing to her present problems.

Considers the female body as a whole, not just the pelvic region.

Committed to staying current with changing guidelines and treatment options.

Continuously updating skills with emphasis on minimally invasive and in-office procedures.

More About Dr. Hinson

For 25 years Dr. Joanne S. Hinson has provided compassionate healthcare to the women of Salt Lake City, Utah and beyond. From puberty to menopause, Dr Hinson provides the best personalized GYN services… caring for the whole woman.

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