- Home Page Store
- Arts & Entertainment
- Chamber of Commerce
- Health & Fitness
- Home Page Kids
- Internet Radio
- Marriage & Family
- Parenting Plus
- Regional Media
- School Information
- Search Engines
- Visitors Center
Breaking The Silence
Talking About & Treating Incontinence
Incontinence affects millions of women and men of all ages…so why aren’t more people talking about it? When it comes to our bladder health, particularly leakage, we often feel embarrassed talking to our doctor.
Monica Wilkins, MD from the Wellsboro Laurel Health Center encourages us to break that silence. Join Dr. Wilkins as we learn about the different types of incontinence, causes, why it affects women more often than men, and how to treat it!
What is incontinence?
Simply put, incontinence is the involuntary leaking of urine. This loss of bladder control can be caused by a wide variety of conditions and is highly treatable. The type of treatment recommended depends on the type and cause of the incontinence.
Common causes include urinary tract infections (UTIs), weakened pelvic floor muscles from childbirth or aging, prostate or pelvic surgery, overactive bladder, nerve or spinal issues, and problems emptying the bladder.
Due to childbirth and the different structure in men and women’s pelvic floor muscles and urinary tract, women are more likely to be affected by incontinence than men.
Most common types of incontinence:
Stress incontinence – Leaking urine when sneezing, coughing, laughing, or exercising
Urge incontinence – Sudden urge to urinate and unintentional bladder contraction which often results in leaking urine before one can reach the bathroom
Overflow incontinence – Difficulty fully emptying the bladder leads to an overfull bladder that leaks or dribbles on a continual basis
How it’s treated:
Incontinence can be very effectively treated through a variety of non-surgical and surgical approaches, including physical therapy, biofeedback-guided exercises, bladder training, lifestyle changes such as weight loss and smoking cessation, which can worsen incontinence, and bladder support procedures. Often, a combination of treatment methods works best to manage incontinence. To find the best solution for you, talk to your family doctor about your symptoms and develop a personalized treatment plan.
If you are struggling with incontinence, don’t suffer in silence. The Laurel Health Centers will help you find the solution that’s right for you. Call 1-833-LAURELHC or visit laurelhc.org today.
Videography: Andrew Moore
Video Editing: Andrew Moore
Writing: Kristy Warren
Anchor: Sara Vogt
Correspondent: Rhonda Pearson
Produced by Vogt Media
Funded by Laurel Health Centers
Talking About & Treating Incontinence
May 10, 2019
Surgery may not be the only option!
March 11, 2019
How can we strengthen our body's most critical muscle?
February 28, 2019
Making Healthy Lifestyle Changes That Last
January 25, 2018
The Holidays Aren’t Happy For Everyone
December 21, 2018
Introducing Blossburg Laurel Health Center's new team member
October 10, 2018
Angela Dixon, CRNP explains the human papillomavirus vaccine
September 27, 2018
Caregivers take care of others, but who takes care of them?
August 23, 2018
Meet Dr. Heckman & President Jim Nobles of Laurel Health Center
June 29, 2018
Tyler encourages us to face our "shoulds" with these tips
May 24, 2018
Today is World Diabetes Day! Are you at risk?
November 14, 2017
New family physician joins Laurel Health Centers
August 24, 2017
Carla is here to help you tackle the topic of health insurance
May 23, 2017
A Conversation With Dr. Matthew Heckman, MD, PhD
March 14, 2017
Live 5-2-1-0 EVERY day!
October 14, 2016
August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month - are you aware of the benefits?
August 30, 2016
Tick season is upon us - protect yourself from Lyme disease!
June 16, 2016
An estimated 73 million Americans are at risk of chronic kidney disease
March 16, 2016
It's not too late to keep up with your New Year's Resolutions!
February 12, 2016
New feature presented by Rhonda Pearson
January 3, 2016
Fight holiday stress with modest expectations and proper self-care
December 18, 2015
Gluten Free Is As Easy As 1-2-3 with Laurel Health
May 20, 2015