About Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. This type of pelvic floor disorder is very common and affects many women across all spectrums of a woman’s lifetime. Unfortunately, many women are embarrassed and don’t discuss their symptoms, even with their doctors. Up to one in three women suffer from urinary incontinence.
Some women develop urinary incontinence after childbirth, while others may develop it later in life. The symptoms associated with urinary incontinence can vary in severity. Lifestyle changes or medical treatment can help treat urinary incontinence in many women, but when those treatment options do not adequately control a woman’s symptoms, there are a variety of procedural and minimally invasive surgical options which are very effective at eliminating symptoms.
Types of urinary incontinence
Pelvic Floor Disorder Video Overview
Margaret G. Mueller, MD, discusses pelvic floor disorders, symptoms and treatment options.
The urogynecologists at Northwestern Medicine Women’s Integrated Pelvic Health Program (IPHP) offer comprehensive evaluations and treatment options for women with urinary incontinence, as well as conservative and surgical options.
Our urogynecologists are committed to providing individualized care for every woman. They are all fellowship trained and/or board-certified specialists in the field of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology) and serve on the faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
The Women’s Integrated Pelvic Health Program is a national leader in treatment and research for women with urinary incontinence, offering a transdisciplinary approach to caring for women with pelvic floor disorders in one location. Specialists from different disciplines work jointly to create new treatments and innovations that transcend discipline-specific approaches to address each woman’s pelvic floor symptoms.