Overview

Mixed Incontinence in Women

There are several forms of incontinence. In urge incontinence — also called overactive bladder — the woman experiences loss of urine that is associated with a sudden, strong desire to urinate that can't be postponed. In stress incontinence, increased pressure in the abdomen momentarily puts physical stress on the pelvis, resulting in urine loss. Activities such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercise, and even standing up can cause leakage in women with stress incontinence.

It's common for women to experience symptoms of both urge and stress incontinence. This condition is called mixed incontinence.

Our Approach to Mixed Incontinence in Women

Incontinence is not an inevitable part of growing older, and there are a variety of treatments available. A leader in this field, UCSF offers innovative, compassionate care to women with mixed incontinence. Our team includes gynecologists, urologists, colorectal surgeons and physical therapists who specialize in pelvic floor rehabilitation.

Treatment options range from Botox injections to targeted exercises, biofeedback and electrical stimulation to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. We also offer surgery to restore the bladder neck (the muscles connecting the bladder to the urethra) and urethra to their normal positions, as well as several types of nerve stimulation therapy to treat problems in the nerves regulating the bladder.

We believe that empowering women with knowledge is an important part of the healing process, and encourage each patient to participate in choosing the best treatment option for her.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.

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