One third of women over the age of 35 years will suffer embarrassing urinary loss (urinary incontinence). Symptoms include frequency (day and night), urgency, incontinence or difficulties in voiding. Some women will also experience prolapse (a lump or bulge protruding through the vagina).
The different types of urinary incontinence are stress, urge and overflow incontinence. These often occur together in the same woman making it difficult to make an accurate diagnosis clinically.
At Northwest Women's Health, women with symptoms of urinary incontinence undergo a highly specialised investigation, called Urodynamic assessment, to accurately diagnose their problem. Once the correct diagnosis is made, a specific management plan will be developed.
Correct diagnosis by urodynamic assessment and subsequent treatment will result in a significant improvement for most people.