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Incontinence

Incontinence Statistics & Stigma

Most of the estimated 10 to 15 million Americans with urinary incontinence are older women. This disorder affects between 10 and 35 percent of adults over age 50 and half of all nursing home residents, but it can happen at any age. Many younger women experience incontinence following childbirth, but don’t report it because they’re either embarrassed or they feel it’s simply the result of the birthing process. Because of the condition’s social stigma, many sufferers do not seek treatment.

What Causes Urinary Incontinence?

Many causes of incontinence are temporary and can be managed with proper treatment. Temporary causes include:

  • Bladder weakness
  • Blocked urethra
  • Constipation
  • Effects of medicine
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Immobility
  • Neurologic disorders
  • Overactive bladder
  • Pelvic floor muscle weakness
  • Urethral sphincter muscles weakness
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vaginal infections or irritations

Incontinence Treatment in Cape Girardeau

The Continence Clinic at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau offers effective incontinence treatment.  We have a licensed physician therapist who personalizes incontinence treatments, which may include:

  • Behavioral management
  • Bladder training
  • Pelvic muscle exercises
  • Biofeedback
  • Vaginal weight training