Urinary leakage: let's talk about it!

A laugh, an effort too violent, a big desire and no toilets nearby ... a urinary leak quickly arrived.

So be reassured: urinary leakage is not a rare phenomenon (on the contrary). And if it happens to you from time to time, there is nothing to panic about.

But know that it is still important to talk frankly with a doctor about how to treat. Also, if this kind of accident repeats itself and starts to really interfere, it is time to find solutions to this problem of urinary leakage.

Urinary leakage or incontinence: what is it?

Urinary incontinence can be defined as an involuntary leak of urine. We talk about incontinence when these urinary leaks become troublesome or even disabling. They can then cause significant psychological or social repercussions.

Namely: urinary incontinence is not a disease: it is a symptom! And even a frequent symptom since it is estimated that more than 3 million French people would be victims.

Urinary leakage affects women more often. Why ? For the simple reason that the urinary tract is shorter than in men. An excessive pressure of the bladder badly compensated by sphincter pressure, and it is the leak of urine!

While urinary incontinence tends to increase with age, it can also affect young women. But again, no matter what the age, there are solutions!

Discover in our file the different types of incontinence, their causes and treatments.
Also read our interview with a medical specialist, who answered our questions about urinary leakage, and the testimony of a patient.

You want to react, to give your testimony or to ask a question? See you in our FORUMS!

Read also :

> Urinary leakage and sport: what you need to know
> Urinary incontinence in women
> All about urinary incontinence

Author: Sylvie Charbonnier.
Expert consultant: Dr. Xavier Fritel, gynecologist at CHU Poitiers.
Last update: August 2014.

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