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Urinary Incontinence

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urinary incontinence after hysterectomyI'm only 35 years old and had a hysterectomy last year. I'm finding that when I cough or sneeze, I'm leaking urine. I'm horrified that I may need to find the adult diaper aisle at the grocery store. Aren't I too young?


Urinary incontinence is a common problem following a hysterectomy (or following childbirth or after menopause). The chances of having this problem do increase with age, but there is not really an age limit for this condition. A good portion of U.S. women are suffering from urinary incontinence. Even teenaged girls, particularly if they are active in sports, can suffer from it.

There is a wide range of severity among those with urinary incontinence. Some women experience occasional, minor dribbles or leaks of urine. Others wet their clothes frequently. Some experience some of each. The main two types are Stress Incontinence (brought on by coughing, laughing, sneezing, etc.) and Urge Incontinence (sudden urges and urine loss).

While this is a common problem, it is not normal. It is a medical issue, and there are a wide variety of treatments, mostly therapeutic, that can help. Give your doctor or your local uro-gynecologist a call to discuss your options.


This content was written by a member of HysterSisters.com as a non-medical professional based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

10-30-2009 - 12:36 PM


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